Star Slinger is an Electronic project created by Nottinghamshire born Darren Williams. It all started in April 2010 when he re-ignited his love for record-shopping in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The name Star Slinger was born when Darren sampled BT Express’ instrumental B Side “Cowboy Dancer”. He often names his creations with word association towards the sample he uses.
By June 2010 Darren had pieced together his first LP “Volume 1”. Some tracks were reportedly made in the comfort of his own bed in the early hours. Others made not long after waking. Darren believes that routine and weekend culture aren’t his forte, and creating music at any given moment is how he approaches this project.
Meanwhile that summer, Darren began collaborating with ambient producer Teams (Knoxville, TN). Together they worked on an EP, sending stems via soundcloud and were approached shortly after by the popular Brooklyn-based label Mexican Summer to release a 12” as Teams vs. Star Slinger. The self-titled EP was released early 2011 to much acclaim and kick-started the long queue of artists looking to make use of his remixing and production talents.
Before that, Small Black had championed his remix of their song “Photojournalist”, while the blogosphere championed his unofficial remix of Deerhunter’s “Helicopter” and has since been approached for official remix work from some of his longtime favourite bands, including Air France, Toro Y Moi, Gold Panda, Broken Social Scene, The Morning Benders, The Go! Team, Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks, Foster The People, Alex Winston and Childish Gambino.
These remixes and other production work has kept him busy in the studio through 2011. Outside of it, he has been playing out his huge hip hop and dance orientated sets to festivals across Europe this summer at the likes of The Big Chill, Benicassim and Glastonbury. Alongside that, there has been touring and shows with Washed Out, Memory Tapes and the Go! Team, plus shows with Caribou and Battles amongst many others.
Most recently Slinger produced the new Air France single, which went big on the likes of Hype Machine. Pitchfork, Stereogum and Fact, adding a brilliant production string to his bow.
The second half of 2011 sees Star Slinger gearing up for a full assault on the live and recorded arenas. A fall North American tour, which takes place in over 30 cities is set, and there has been the recent announcement of the release of his debut single. The eagerly anticipated track ‘Dumbin (feat. Reggie B) – the first fully released original production from Star Slinger since the Teams vs Star Slinger EP is set to move him further along the stratosphere.