Starting out as members of Adrian Younge’s Venice Dawn, STARKILLER (C.E. Garcia & Alfredo Fratti) have gone from working in the Linear Labs’ studio with legendary hip-hop artists such as Ghostface Killah, Wu-Tang Clan, Souls of Mischief, and DJ Premier, to renowned soul icon William Hart (of The Delfonics), and onto scoring their own short films, and developing new aesthetically complex projects of their own. Inspired by sci-fi, graphic novels, European soundtracks and electronic music, Starkiller is an amalgam of very distinct, futuristic cinematic sounds, whose years of musical experiences help bring their abstract ideas and melodies to the forefront.
DANTE HIGH was formed from the remains of the orchestral folk pop band Lost in the Trees from Chapel Hill, NC, led by singer Ari Picker, who cites diverse influence such as Beethoven, Radiohead, Vivaldi, Neutral Milk Hotel, Saint-Saëns, and OutKast, among others. Picker, who studied at Berklee College of Music had previously been a member of The Never, a Chapel Hill-based indie band, and also formed the Lion and the Lamb ensemble. Dante High marks a departure from Picker’s previous musical endeavors, featuring more of a throwback to ‘80s synth-pop and New Wave.