Kevin Moon, aka Moonstarr, first started producing music and DJing at the age of 17. Now 25, he strives to push the boundaries of electronic music by defying any categories or genres. Citing influences such as Underground Resistance (Detroit Techno), DJ Premier (Hip Hop) and Banden Powell (Brazilian Bossa Nova), Moonstarr’s sound keeps evolving and expanding.
His first release, 1997‚s Hexed on Wha?naut Records, was well received by local DJs. The three Moonstarr tracks spanned drum n bass to broken beat and beyond. Following the release of the Hexed EP, Moonstarr saw a lull in the electronic music scene in Toronto. Seeing no outlet for his music and the music of his peers, he decided to found his own record label.
On his way to his mundane day job, Moonstarr previewed friend’s demo tapes while riding the subway. Moonstarr saw the potential and innovation behind these raw recordings and in 1998 he approached a circle of underground musicians and like-minded friends to form Public Transit Recordings (PTR).
The first PTR release, the compilation Code: 416, received heavy rotation on college radio stations across Ontario. Critics in magazines such as Now, Eye, Exclaim! and Peace Magazine praised the album and helped PTR make a name for itself. With the release of the vinyl-only EP Metropass in 1999 and the CD compilation The Blue Night Network in 2000, Public Transit Recordings and
Moonstarr have established themselves in the field of electronic music. Moonstarr has also received support from the international music community, sharing one of two 12” singles with the UK‚s Cold Mission (aka Marc Mack of 4-Hero).
After executive producing the LAL album in 2000, Moonstarr finally released his first EP Dupont last year. According to Moonstarr, Dupont „is a broken-down musical expression about the culture of the city I live in. Dupont is currently available on a double 12”, and has received support from
DJs around the world. Rainer Trüby charted the record in Straight no Chaser magazine and Gilles Peterson placed it on his list of the Top 50 albums of 2001. German label Compost included Moonstarr‚s track „Dust” on the latest edition of its prestigious Future Sound of Jazz compilation. He also worked with Movement‚s John Kong to produce the bossa-fied „Future Visions” on Fluid
With the great strides Moonstarr‚s has made in 2001, the year 2002 looks to be a banner year for Moonstarr. Moonstarr’s acclaimed Dupont will become available on CD for the first time. On this 12” Compost Records releases new remixes of the “Dupont EP”. Besides a fantastic new Moonstarr remix of the track “Greed”, this 12” also contains a superb remix by Nu Era, which is Marc from 4 Hero under his ‘Detroit-ish’ pseudonym. Expect more Moonstarr releases on Compost in the future!