Starsmith

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Starsmith
Birth name Finlay Dow-Smith
Born (1988-07-08) 8 July 1988 (age 29)
Bromley, England
Genres Pop, electronica, house, synthpop
Occupation(s) Record producer, composer, musician
Instruments Drums, synthesizer, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, vocals
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts Ellie Goulding, Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Lady Gaga, Jess Glynne

Finlay Dow-Smith (born 8 July 1988, Bromley, England), known professionally as Starsmith, is a multi-platinum selling British songwriter, producer, remixer and DJ. He is best known for his writing and production work with artists such as Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne, Paloma Faith, Kylie Minogue and Clean Bandit as well as his own solo work. He studied a classical music degree at the University of Surrey[1] majoring in performance on saxophone. He has also received widespread acclaim for the remixes he created for Lady Gaga, Robyn, Timbaland, Katy Perry, Passion Pit and Marina and the Diamonds amongst many others.[2] His remix of "Bad Romance" was chosen as the lead remix of the track on Lady Gaga's hugely successful 2010 remix album, The Remix.[3] He was nominated for the Music Producers Guild Breakthrough Producer of the Year award in 2011[4] and then again for the Remixer of the Year in 2012.[5]

Early career[edit]

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 No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart. The album has gone on to sell nearly 2,000,000 copies worldwide. He teamed up again with Goulding on her second number-one album, Halcyon, producing and co-writing three songs on the album,[6] which debuted in the top 10 in both the UK and the US in October 2012.[7] He produced tracks for Diana Vickers' debut album, Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree which also went straight to No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart in May 2010. He had subsequent UK Number 1 album cuts in 2010 with both Cheryl Cole and Kylie Minogue.[8] He co-wrote and produced the track "Burn" for Clare Maguire's debut album in 2011.

Starsmith toured with Goulding in 2009 and 2010, and also played with her on Later... with Jools Holland in 2009, playing bass guitar. He is a noted instrumentalist, additionally playing piano and guitar, but his main instrument is the saxophone (tenor or alto); the saxophone solo on his 2013 rework of the Hall and Oates track "I Can't Go for That" is performed by himself.

He spent the majority of 2010 working on his own solo album, but in a post on his blog in early 2011[9] he revealed that he had decided to postpone releasing the album and was instead focusing on songwriting and production. However, one song from the album sessions, "Lesson One", which he co-wrote and produced with Alan Braxe, was released later that year on Braxe's Vulture label.[10]

In December 2011, he was the subject of an episode of the Red Bull and Vice documentary series, The Producers.[11]

Latest work[edit]

In March 2014, the track "Dead In The Water" that he co-wrote and produced with Ellie Goulding was included in the promotion and soundtrack for the film Divergent,[12] which opened at No.1 at the Worldwide Box Office.[13]

in 2014 Charli XCX revealed that she had worked alongside him writing a song for Britney Spears' latest album; however, the track did not make it onto the final album.[14][15]

Songwriting and production discography[edit]

Year Artist Song Album Producer Songwriter
2009 Ellie Goulding Fighter Plane Under the Sheets EP Green tickY Green tickY
2010 Ellie Goulding Guns and Horses
Starry Eyed
This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)
Under the Sheets
The Writer
Every Time You Go
I'll Hold My Breath
Salt Skin
Lights Green tickY

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2010 Ellie Goulding Human
Animal
Bright Lights Green tickY

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2010 Kylie Minogue Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love) Aphrodite Green tickY Green tickY
2010 Cheryl Cole Yeah Yeah ft. Travie McCoy Messy Little Raindrops Green tickY Green tickY
2010 Marina and the Diamonds Hollywood The Family Jewels Green tickY
2010 Diana Vickers You'll Never Get To Heaven Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree Green tickY Green tickY
2010 Erik Hassle Hurtful Hurtful (single) Green tickY
2010 The Saturdays One Shot One Shot (single) Green tickY
2010 Starsmith Give Me A Break
Knuckleduster
Give Me A Break EP Green tickY Green tickY
2011 Clare Maguire Burn Light After Dark Green tickY Green tickY
2011 Starsmith Lesson One
Champion
Lesson One EP Green tickY

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2012 Ellie Goulding Dead In The Water
Without Your Love
The Ending
Halcyon Green tickY

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2013 Fenech Soler Somebody
Glow
Rituals Green tickY

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2013 Mark Owen Us and Ours
S.A.D
The End of Everything
The Art of Doing Nothing Green tickY

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2013 Starsmith Clockwork Clockwork (single) Green tickY Green tickY
2014 Joel Compass Vanilla Green tickY Green tickY
2014 Betty Who Better Take Me When You Go Green tickY Green tickY
2014 Py Swimming Slow Swimming Slow (single) Green tickY Green tickY
2014 Starsmith Now I Feel Good Now I Feel Good (single) Green tickY Green tickY
2014 Clean Bandit Real Love New Eyes Green tickY
2015 Pawws Turnaround Kitsuné New Faces II Green tickY Green tickY
2015 Mika Staring at the Sun No Place in Heaven Green tickY
2015 M.O Preach Preach (single) Green tickY Green tickY
2015 Ella Eyre Don't Follow Me Feline Green tickY Green tickY
2015 Kwabs Fight For Love Fight For Love (single) Green tickY
2015 Jess Glynne Hold My Hand Hold My Hand (single) Green tickY
2015 Jess Glynne Gave Me Something
"Ain't Got Far To Go"
You Can Find Me
It Ain't Right
No Rights No Wrongs
I Cry When I Laugh Green tickY

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2016 3LAU Is It Love Is It Love (single) Green tickY Green tickY
2016 Petite Meller Power Lil Empire Green tickY Green tickY
2017 Molly Kate Kestner I Don't Know I Don't Know (single) Green tickY Green tickY
2017 Cloves California Numb California Numb (single) Green tickY Green tickY
2017 Paloma Faith Crybaby Crybaby (single) Green tickY Green tickY
2017 Paloma Faith I'll Be Gentle feat. John Legend
Still Around
The Architect Green tickY

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2017 Paloma Faith My Body The Architect Green tickY Green tickY
2017 Jessie Ware First Time Glasshouse Green tickY Green tickY

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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