We had the good fortune of connecting with Star System and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Star, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Love. Love love love love love. Love wasn’t always the factor we thought was most important. We used to say “spite” to answer this question. But since our system has recently begun to be able to explore, experience and express loving each other, ourselves, and our art, it has informed every aspect of our brand.

We are a system of several unique and talented individuals who all share one body here on Earth. Contemporary western culture calls our particular flavor of neurodivergence “Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)”. Love in the form of compassion and gratitude enabled us to become a system capable of functioning effectively and enjoyably in the world.

Our art is nearly always about love somehow. And if the subject matter isn’t love directly, you know we put love into the creation and nurturance of its development. Love has made our art relatable and, hopefully, inspiring.

We radiate our humble gift of love to everyone with whom we work, producers, directors, curators, photographers, lighting designers, musicians, technicians, without exception. Every single one deserves and receives love in the form of heartfelt trust and respect from us. This leads to honest, lasting professional relationships that only multiply exponentially over time.

The one thing that the world always, always desperately needs is love.

Violet Star*
*on behalf of the Star System

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
To get where we are today, professionally was not easy at all. The world told us we were one person, so we bore the terror, shame, pain and confusion of trying to make that work for the first three decades of our body’s life. Many of us aren’t the same gender as we were told we had to be, so we often were alienated and abused. We were emotionally and sexually abused when our body was a child and that caused our brain to develop our Dissociative Identity Disorder.

We overcame these challenges by focusing on achievable goals and by trusting that we were worthy of a successful and enjoyable life. And WE WERE LUCKY. We were lucky enough to have the help and support of some of our family and friends, but also Medicaid and random charity. We were lucky to survive working part-time jobs and creating art.

For the most part, we make music. Even though we share our body, we each make have unique modes of perception, and unique methods of creation. The result is a wide array of different styles and sounds.

Violet, Izi, Bo, Bianka, Rose and Annie write, produce and perform danceable pop music. Lora writes, sings and plays acoustic piano country music. Adriane writes, plays guitar and sings psychedelic indie rock music. Sidney writes, sings and screams dark heavy rock music. River produces industrial metal.

But some stars prefer other mediums as well. Alex and Izi create visual art, painting and drawing. Xyla is writing a satirical sci-fi novel. Rose and Violet have each directed and acted in several theatrical productions. Bo and Violet are choreographers.

So no, it wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. Along the way we learned that luck and love enabled us to create art no one else on earth could create.

What do we want the world to know? We want the world to learn that our story is much more common than anyone wants to realize. So many GSM and people with mental illness suffer and die in abject poverty everyday. There is so precious little safety and so few resources for these innocent, vulnerable people. No one should have to be lucky, they should have help and protection to overcome the immense challenges they are facing.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We take our friends wherever our shows/exhibits are. And then to the grocery store. And then back home to smoke and eat and watch movies.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We dedicate our shoutout to all gender and sexual minorities (GSM). Especially those of us living with mental illness.

To live life as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise queer person, is to invite trouble. Always. No culture on earth is without discrimination against these people. Queer people could be considered the most traumatized people in the world.

And having mental illness adds several dimensions of terror, pain, shame and confusion to these people’s lives, and the lives of their loved ones and colleagues.

We would undoubtedly be dead without the inspiring resilience, the undying wit, the spiritual strength, and the miraculous compassion of our GSM ancestors.

Special Shoutout to:

Anohni, Alok Vaid-Menon, Laverne Cox, Janelle Monae, Big Freedia, Freddie Mercury, Hannah Gadsby, Jeffrey Marsh, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Rupaul, SOPHIE, St. Vincent, Indya Moore, Billy Porter, Elliot Page, Sam Smith

Website: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/violetstar1/hotel-violet

Instagram: starsystem.earth

Twitter: @devilwearsdada

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialvioletstar

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNSpmmQm6593C0Qos6_ng_g

Other: Each Star’s individual instagrams: @actualviolet @sexybagofnightmares @totallyfuckinggorgeous @4ngelgh0st @_ok_anyway_ @whyarewesoamazing @adrianefriday @xylastar @officialsarlaccpit

Image Credits
Lauren Herrmann Photography and Video

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