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Riva Starr ‘I Was Drunk’

Riva Starr simply couldn’t be hotter right now. What’s quite remarkable though is how quickly Stefano Miele, aka Riva Starr has established himself on a DJ/producer circuit that’s notoriously difficult to break into.

Stef is no newcomer to making music, in fact he’s been producing and releasing a wide-range of sounds for the past 10 years. Like all good producers he’s earned his stripes and his current status is down to two things, hard work and talent. Oh and the World Wide Web of course. That’s right, like so many successful new musicians today, Riva Starr has been impressing the blog circuit with his cheeky mash-ups and free downloads and, in the process, managed to form an army of loyal fans before he had even released a proper record.

With a love of reinventing any music that inspires him, Stef uses the term “Snatch!” as a way of describing his bootleg remix style Having given away a number of widely praised and blogged Snatch! mixes online, it wasn’t too long before some of them found their way into the DJ sets of some of the biggest luminaries on the DJ circuit . Riva’s recent album “If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade” which was released on Made to Play earlier this year, has garnered masses of critical acclaim.

Like all the great names in dance music the Riva Starr sound is very distinctive, with fans as wide-ranging as Gilles Peterson, Tiesto, Carl Cox, Ricardo Villalobos and Annie Mac, and at the same time very diverse, uniting many different styles under one groove. A style recently described as “Mezcla”, a universal Spanish word that’s used to describe a fusion of different things that seems to aptly apply to Stef’s music.

Although not technically part of the Balkan Beat scene, he has drawn inspiration from it. This is most evident on the single, ‘I Was Drunk’. Stef showed his depth of knowledge by bringing onboard the brilliant Noze. After gathering a huge following in the underground since first appearing late last year, Positiva/Virgin have now picked up the baton for a re-issue in August with new mixes and accompanying video. Plus it has already gained huge support at Radio 1 and amongst the DJ elite.

With a tour schedule that would reduce many a DJ to tears, (Riva will grace the decks at the likes of Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Space Ibiza, Exit Festival, Ibiza Rocks, Fuji Rocks, Dance Valley, Creamfields, Pukkelpop and many many more… ) and recent remixes for the likes of Fat Boy Slim, The Gossip, Dennis Ferrer, Estelle, Usher, Wiley and Plan B under his belt, Riva still manages to find time to look after his underground chums… check out his recent remix on Thomas Schumacher’s “Taxi” (Get Physical), as well as re-works for Mihalis Safras, Green Velvet and more.

“I’m a house DJ… My house style is like a magician’s hat… you can put your hand in there and you wont know what will come out of it” Riva Starr (Time Out )

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