Starsmith

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Starsmith
Birth name Finlay Dow-Smith
Born (1988-07-08) 8 July 1988 (age 25)
Bromley, England
Genres Pop, electronica, house, synthpop
Occupations Record producer, composer, musician
Instruments Drums, synthesizer, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels Warner Chappell Music
Associated acts Ellie Goulding, Diana Vickers, Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Lady Gaga

Starsmith (born Finlay Dow-Smith, 8 July 1988, Bromley, England) is a British songwriter, producer, remixer and DJ. He studied a classical music degree at the University of Surrey[1] majoring in performance on saxophone. He has already received acclaim for the remixes he has created for Lady Gaga, Robyn, Timbaland, Katy Perry, Little Boots, Passion Pit, Paloma Faith, Marina and the Diamonds, and Frankmusik, amongst many others.[2] His remix of "Bad Romance" was chosen as the lead remix of the track on Lady Gaga's hugely successful album, "The Remix".[3]

He is good friends with singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding and in addition to producing the majority of her debut album Lights also co-wrote five tracks on the album, which following its release on 1 March 2010, went straight to #1 in the UK Albums Chart. He also produced tracks for Diana Vickers' debut album, Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree which also went straight to #1 in the UK Albums Chart in May 2010. He also had subsequent number 1 albums in 2010 with both Cheryl Cole and Kylie Minogue.[4] He co-wrote and produced the track 'Burn' for Clare Maguire's debut album in 2011.

In December 2011, Starsmith was the subject of an episode of the Red Bull and Vice documentary series, 'The Producers'.[5]

He also teamed up again with Ellie Goulding on her second album "Halcyon", producing and co-writing two songs on the album,[6] which debuted in the top 10 in both the UK and the US.[7]

In early 2012 it was also reported that he was working with Take That star, Mark Owen.[8][9]

He spent the majority of 2010 working on his own solo album, but in a post on his blog in early 2011[10] he revealed that he had decided to postpone releasing the album until a later date and was instead focusing on songwriting and producing. One song from the album sessions titled 'Lesson One' that he co-wrote and produced with Alan Braxe is due to be released this summer.[11]

Starsmith appeared alongside Goulding on Later... with Jools Holland, playing bass guitar. He also plays piano and guitar, and his main instrument is the saxophone (tenor or alto).

Songwriting and production discography[edit]

    • "Dead In The Water"
    • "Without Your Love"
from the album Halcyon (2012)
from the album Lights (2010)
    • "Human"
    • "Animal"
from the album Bright Lights (2010)
    • "Fighter Plane"
from the Under The Sheets EP (2009)
  • Py
    • "Swimming Slow"
from the single Swimming Slow (2014)
  • Mark Owen
    • "Us And Ours"
    • "S.A.D"
    • "The End Of Everything"
from the album The Art Of Doing Nothing (2013)
from the album Aphrodite (2010)
from the album The Family Jewels (2010)
from the album Messy Little Raindrops (2010)
from the album Light After Dark (2011)1
  • "Somebody"
  • "Glow"

from the album Rituals (2013)

from the album Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree (2010)
  • Starsmith
    • "Give Me a Break"
    • "Knuckleduster"
from the Give Me A Break/Knuckleduster EP (2010)
    • "Lesson One"
    • "Champion"
from the Lesson One EP (2011)
    • "Zeros"
from the single Zeros (2012)
    • "Clockwork"
from the single Clockwork (2013)
    • "Be My Love ft. Tawiah"
from the single Be My Love (2014)
from the single One Shot (2010)
from the single Hurtful (2010)

Remixography[edit]

Year Artist Song Title Time
2009 Private "My Secret Lover" 4:01
2009 Elviin "In Colour" 4:44
2009 Bombay Bicycle Club "Always Like This" 4:06
2009 Frankmusik "3 Little Words" (Starsmith Remix) 3:29
2009 Marina and the Diamonds "I Am Not a Robot" (Starsmith 24 Carat Remix) 5:18
2009 Little Boots "New in Town" (Starsmith Remix) 5:30
2009 The Twang "Barney Rubble" (Starsmith Remix) 5:24
2009 Girls Can't Catch "Keep Your Head Up" (Starsmith Club Mix) 5:18
2009 The Mission District "So Over You" (Starsmith Remix) 3:29
2009 Team WaterPolo "Letting Go" (Starsmith Remix) 4:29
2009 Frankmusik "Better Off as Two" (Starsmith Holiday in the Heath Remix) 4:29
2009 Passion Pit "Sleepyhead" (Starsmith Remix feat. Ellie Goulding) 3:19
2009 Animal Kingdom "Signs and Wonders" (Starsmith Remix) 4:17
2009 Paloma Faith "New York" (Starsmith Remix) 3:36
2009 Lisa Mitchell "Coin Laundry" (Starsmith Remix) 4:49
2009 Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" (Starsmith Remix) 4:56
2010 Mika "Blame It on the Girls" (Not on the Starsmith Remix) 6:17
2010 Timbaland featuring Katy Perry "If We Ever Meet Again" (Starsmith Remix) 5:21
2010 N.E.R.D. "Hot-n-Fun" (Starsmith Club Remix) 5:35
2010 Beyoncé "Why Don't You Love Me" (Starsmith Remix - Radio Edit) 3:34
2010 Robyn "Hang with Me" (Starsmith Remix) 6:04
2011 Gypsy & the Cat "Jona Vark" (Starsmith Remix) 4:58
2011 Lady Gaga "Born This Way" (Starsmith Remix) 6:45
2011 Marina And The Diamonds "Radioactive" (Starsmith Rework) 4:37
2012 St. Lucia "We Got It Wrong" (Starsmith Remix) 6:03
2013 Ed Drewett "Drunk Dial" (Starsmith Remix) 5:37
2013 Matthew Koma "Parachute" (Starsmith Remix) 5:18
2013 Hall & Oates "I Can't Go For That" (Starsmith Rework) 4:48
2013 Betty Who "Somebody Loves You" (Starsmith Remix) 6:24
2014 Joywave "Tongues" (Starsmith Remix) 4:39

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