We had the good fortune of connecting with Ali Starrlight and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ali, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The way I make decisions. I put value into doing the best I can in a moment for myself and others around me. Thinking longterm with my career and taking a step back from the fast pace of the industry we’re in is a discipline. There’s so much pressure to do something and to be someone. Instead of trying to compete with the energy out there I commit more to the truest expression within the music. I’m very inspired by the quantum factor and it impacts the way I create in the studio. The artists that are in my circle share their experiences on this other level and we grow together.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started out as a professional model and pivoted to music after discovering that it was a dream that was actually within reach. My commitment to music had me investing in the support of other musicians careers as well as my own. Pressure due to social media and the level of professionalism in my immediate circle pushed the bar high. After learning about the inside understanding of the industry from professionals I felt that I had to help those artists and musicians who didn’t have the advantage I had. Having to support the non-profit, and run it, and work a gig as a server was not in any way easy. Late night performances, early morning shifts, mid-day life’s schedule always on, was not easy but to get it done was accomplished by making the choice. I had to educate myself and be willing to work in more capacities than one might think, you have to learn fast too. Success for me pivots on being a better artist and a better person everyday. It’s much harder if you’re not willing to take on the discipline around the other parts that go into making artistry work. That’s what the alliance stands for and how I live within my own artistry.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
M Street Coffee in Sherman Oaks, Mirabelle Wine Bar, Malama Pono Hawaiian Restaurant, Katsuya for Sushi, and Bea Bea’s for Breakfast, (all if you’re in the valley).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Mentors who you’d think would be inaccessible due to their experience and demand have taken me in and guided me through their understanding of the industry. Gary Starr (Etta James, Fleetwood Mac, Minnie Ripperton, Dusty Springfield) has designed a lot of the top studios in L.A. along with engineering classic recordings in music history, Craig Huxley keyboard player and iconic studio owner (Enterprise Studios), ‘Evil’ Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine-Inch Nails, Soundgarden), Robert Max (producer/artist development), Dave Greene drum tech (Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Brian Wilson), Starr 44 Artist Alliance, my parents and friends who are family.
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