Riva Starr, aka East-London based Stefano Miele, has long burned a mark on the night. Not simply a widely respected DJ, producer and the owner of Snatch! Records, his restless artistry has made a career from shrugging off genre constraints and expectations.
Starting out spinning ten hours sets in his native Napoli, Riva Starr was working up to Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hour rule long before it even existed. Capable of turning it out on any dancefloor he's been invited onto the biggest stages, from Glastonbury to Fuji Rock to Tommorrowland,. Snatch! has hosted its own tent at Creamfields, while the Riva Starr touch has been sought to open for Jamiroquai in Ibiza and to work with artists as diverse as Horace Andy, Fatboy Slim or Arthur Baker - or to remix Wiley or London Grammar. Far from cashing in his chips for mainstream glory, however, he still beats to the pulse of the underground, throwing down back to back sets with DJ Pierre and Technasia, and rocking clubs like Warehouse Project (Manchester), El Row (Barcelona and Ibiza) and Cocoon, or heading his own label showcase at off Sonar.
An insatiable musical appetite means Riva Starr has never danced to anyone's beat but his own. Where he's gone, from breakbeat to wonky house, others have followed. But by then he's just a trail of dust leading the way to his next unpredictable escapade. With an uncanny ability to be in all the right places at all the right times, he's a singular talent able to bag a improbable, global, runaway iTunes smash hit while still releasing on the hottest underground labels around, from Dirtybird and DFTD to
For most other people being a DJ, literally a disc jockey, means riding on the backs of other people's beats. But Riva Starr has never shied away from saddling up and taking the tracks he champions down his own distinctive path. His famed 'Rechunk' re-edits have given his fail safe touch to names like Daft Punk and The Doors, the latter's 'The End' transformed into a magnificent, swirling psychedelic set closer. Nic Fanciulli's Saved were the first to release some of these officially with 'Raw Edits Vol.1', a
collection that was previously an exclusive part of the Riva Starr DJ arsenal. With the EP proving an enormous success, Saved came back for ‘Raw Edits Vol.2’ in October, which outperformed it’s predecessor by culminating in a 2 month residency at the top of Beatport’s Tech House chart.