In the rise of 2008, Dan, Vanessa, John, and Keith fused their passion for poetry and music and formed Starling.  Their cross pollination of genres mixed with raw emotion and the grandeur of large string sections and energetic live performances are creating a stir on some of the most influential stages in the UK, including London's Water Rats and the infamous Dublin Castle. Starling have also crossed the Atlantic to capture the hearts of their American counterparts. With gigs booked throughout in the year and a tour of the USA to promote their debut LP Public Service, Starling is set to change the perception of what a band should sound like.

How do you describe your music to people, Dan?
It's a four-piece alternative rock band with an orchestra in its back pocket. 

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I was captivated by music and the live performance of it ever since I was a child.  My elder sisters had guitars and I knew from the age of about 6 that was what I wanted to base my life on. 

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Go to art galleries and have my mind blown!

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
To constantly improve my art and reach more people with it. 

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A fireman. 

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I have played in bands since I was 10.  And from the age of 15 I was playing most nights with different groups.  Most of these were with musicians that were much older so I really gleaned from their experience.  I played in all kinds of groups including; rock, pop, jazz, salsa, prog, bluegrass, blues, metal.  So these helped me gain an understanding of communicating music. 

What other artists out there do you love?
Some of my favorites are; Elbow, Muse, Sigur Ros, Foo Fighters, John Mayer, Bon Iver, to name but a few.
What does your future hold?
Lots of crafting my art; I'm constantly aware of the necessity to improve and grow, and I love the challenge.  We're always writing and learning and researching music.  However, the more that you discover about it, it seems you only realize that there's far more that you don't know! Based on that I think no-one will ever get to the end of music, it's far too big! Aside from that, we will release another album next year and do lots more touring, including across the US.