Singer, songwriter, and performer, A STARR made her debut with her empowering first single, “No Filter” last month. Accompanied by a theatrical music video that serves as a nod to coming-of-age classics like Clueless and Bring It On, the track encourages listeners to be their authentic selves without hiding behind a filter, as the title suggests. Co-written with Grammy nominated songwriter and producer Poo Bear, the song serves as a perfect introduction to the soon-to-be superstar before she inevitably breaks out this year.
With “No Filter” out now, we caught up with A STARR to talk about her personal connection to the song, working with Poo Bear, her start in the music industry and more. Read more and listen to the song now below.
Prelude Press: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, for anyone who might be hearing you for the first time?
A STARR: Hi! My name is Alex and I perform under the name A STARR. I live in two places, Jersey and Miami, going back and forth between the two, so I definitely have the best of both worlds. My passion is making music and performing – I love having my voice be heard. Outside of that, I’m a tomboy for sure! I love to ride my dirt bikes or get out in the water on my boat or surf!
What first drew you towards pursuing a career in music? Were there any specific artists that inspired you or anyone who mentored you when you were first getting your footing?
Since I was a little girl I always loved singing and dancing. It’s always been my passion, it just felt natural to me.
You just made your debut with your first single, “No Filter”, which you wrote alongside Poo Bear. How did you first become connected and start working together?
Poo heard some songs I had done and thought it would be amazing to work together. Poo and I have an amazing connection, things just really clicked for us creatively. He really believed in my vision and I believe in him. We have made some amazing music together and he is truly a beautiful and incredibly talented person.
What was he able to bring to the table for “No Filter”?
Poo was able to bring his ICONIC vision and ear to the table for “No Filter” and into some of the other great songs we recorded. We’ve made some amazing music together! His talent is something else and it has been an honor to work with him.
“No Filter” touches on society’s obsession with social media and tendency to hide behind a filter. What inspired you to write about this subject? How did it hit home with you?
I would love for everyone to stop hiding behind filters. I have lived outside the box and I want others to do the same! It’s ok to say what you feel, it’s ok to be you. We are all unique and beautiful in our own way and I encourage others to try to be their true self. Believe in yourself.
What would you like for fans to take away from the song?
I would like to inspire fans to stay true to themselves and not worry about what others may think or say. People are going to have opinions and place judgements no matter what. So I say be happy, love yourself, and live life to the fuckin’ fullest.
With “No Filter” out, the obvious question is: What’s next? Do you have any more new music in the works?
Yes! I have amazing music to share with everyone. I continue to record new music and I’ve been working with some amazing artists, people are going to love it. Stay tuned!
Moving forward, is there anything that you’d like to accomplish with future releases? Anything you want to do or try?
I want to share my music with the world, spread good energy, and hopefully make people feel good. I want to work with other amazing artists and I want to continue to learn the ins and outs of the industry. I want to do it all and I wanna try it all. I’m ready to make it happen! Let’s get this party started! NO FILTER!
Thank you for giving me the opportunity! I always appreciate the time and having my voice being heard. Make sure you follow me on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok. I am A STARR and I am a BADDASSFORGOOD!