Starlit hail from California and loosely fit into the Industrial / Metal / Alternative genres, although as you’ll see there’s far more to it than that. Lead singer, the sinfully seductive Simara Rose kindly agreed to answer some questions regarding herself, music, fashion and animal rights.
Starlit describe themselves as:
10000% VEGAN FROM HEAD TO TOE: STARLIT WELCOMES PEOPLE OF ALL RACES, COLOUR, SHAPE, SIZES, GENDER, AGE AND RELIGIONS.WE SUPPORT ANIMAL RIGHTS AND GAY RIGHTS, HOWEVER WE DO NOT BREAK FOR ASSHOLES NO MATTER WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE…
You’re a very strong female icon; do you feel a sense of responsibility seeing as you have the power to influence many people?
HMM WELL I AM HONORED YOU THINK THAT I AM A STRONG FEMALE ICON
I DONT FEEL I AM AN “ICON” THOUGH
I AM FAR FROM PERFECT BUT I AM TRYING MY BEST TO BE ALL I CAN BE TO MYSELF AND OTHERS
I DO FEEL A RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE SOMETHING OF VALUE, TO OFFER OR SHARE WHATEVER GIVES ME INSPIRATION AND HOPE AND JOY WITH WHOMEVER I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF COMING IN CONTACT WITH
I ALSO FEEL THAT IF ONE IS GOING TO OPEN THEIR MOUTH THEY BEST HAVE SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO SHARE
You have a wonderful style, when did you develop your fashion tastes?
OHH LA LA I HAVE A PASSION FOR FASHION
I ADORE GINGER ROGERS, CLARA BOW, RITA HAYWORTH, BETTY GRABLE…
I LOVE THE FASHION , ART AND MUSIC (NOT POLITICS) FROM THE 1930’S ESPECIALLY AND THE 40’S TOO SO VERY YUMMY
BUT HAVING MOVED ALL OVER THE WORLD AND BEEN EXPOSED TO SO MANY DIFFERENT GENRES, CULTURES AND RELIGIONS, I HAVE GROWN TO APPRECIATE SO VERY MANY “STYLES” – TRIBAL AFRICAN, RASTA, HIPPY, PUNK, COUTURE… WHATEVER, IT’S ALL SWELLAGANT
The industrial metal scene is very male dominated; have you found the journey so far to be prejudiced or competitive?
FIRST OFF I WOULDN’T SAY STARLIT IS “INDUSTRIAL”
WE ARE NOT REALLY ANY GENRE OF MUSIC THAT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE US
NOT TO SAY WE ARE GOD LIKE-LOL
BUT HONESTLY WE HAVE SOOOO MANY ELEMENTS THAT MAKE US UP. INDUSTRIAL FUTURISTIC SYNTH AND KEYS, METAL GUITAR, TRIBAL DRUMS, WORLD AND CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL, AND VINTAGE JAZZ
AS FAR AS COMPETITION- I ONLY COMPETE WITH MYSELF TO MAKE SURE THAT WHATEVER I DO I AM PROUD OF
AND AS FAR AS MALE CHAUVINISM…WELL I FEEL MOST PEOPLE ARE ASSHOLES, MALE OR FEMALE…SO YOU’LL FIND JERKS IN ANY PLACE BUT I PAY LITTLE ATTENTION TO ‘EM, THEY USUALLY DROWN IN THEIR OWN TOXIC SPEW ANYWAY
PLUS THEY ARE GREAT MATERIAL FOR SONGS
Animal Rights is an issue close to your heart, what do you do to help this cause?
I LIVE IT
WHAT I BUY
WHAT I DONT BUY
WHAT I WEAR
WHAT I DONT WEAR
WHAT I TALK ABOUT
ANIMALS ARE TRULY AMAZING AND THEY WILL BE LIBERATED
Do you find travel and touring difficult due to being a vegan?
NOPE.. IN TODAYS WORLD THERE ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOO MANY VEGAN OPTIONS… ONE JUST HAS TO DO A LITTLE RESEARCH
Who or what is your main inspiration?
MY MUM AND HER HUSBAND, MY CATS, MY CLOSEST FRIEND MAX (STARLIT’S GUITAR PLAYER) AND THIS:
You regularly communicate with your fans via myspace with messages about equality, have you faced prejudice in your personal life?
YES, ALWAYS HAVE AND STILL DO
MOST OF WHAT I WRITE ABOUT STEMS FROM EXPERIENCE
How much work goes into making an album?
LOL OH ONLY OUR ENTIRE HEART, MIND, SOUL AND BODY
What’s your favorite part of the musical process, writing, recording, and performing?
ALL OF IT IS HEAVENLY BUT BEING IN THE STUDIO IS LIKE BEING ENVELOPED BY GOD.IT IS TRULY AMAZING. I LOVE ALSO WHEN I HEAR MAX OR OUR PRODUCER KIERON’S PARTS IN A SONG , I GET REALLY EXCITED WHEN IT CLICKS AND A WHOLE MOVIE WITH LYRICS AND FEELINGS AND VISUALS UNWIND… MEETINGS ABOUT MUSIC, TALKING ABOUT MUSIC, THINKING ABOUT MUSIC- I AM HAPPILY TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH MUSIC
What’s your favorite and most indulgent way to relax?!
WELL A FEW WAYS COME TO MIND
1.WATCHING OLD VINTAGE FILMS, I HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO RENT 12 AT A TIME, DRINK COFFEE ALL NIGHT AND WATCH THEM ONE AFTER ANOTHER OR DESIGNING CLOTHES
2.TAKING TIME OUT TO APPRECIATE THE GIFTS IN LIFE, TRUE LOVE, FAMILY, FRIENDS, ANIMALS, AND MUSIC