Interview – ByStarlight!


If you have yet to hear the band, ByStarlight, what’s stopping you?

This electro-pop trio from Vancouver, BC is on the rise! The band is signed to 604 Records and is about to go on tour with Faber Drive.

The band consists of Nigel John Crowe on vocals, Rachel Ashmore on keyboard and vocals and Jeff Zipp on guitar. ByStarlight recently released their debut single, ‘Here’s To The Times’ which is a piece of modern pop produced by Marianas Trench frontman, Josh Ramsay and Dave “Rave” Ogilvie.

If you like what you’ve heard, be sure to keep an eye out for their upcoming EP release.

I was lucky enough to get the chance to do an interview with the band.

First off, where did the name ByStarlight come from?

BSL: While having our daily snuggle time, Nigel farted in his sleep and Jeff and Rachel could’ve sworn they heard his butt cheeks say “ByStarlight”.

How did the band get together?

BSL: We met over Chat Roulette, so we have the Internet to thank for that.

The video for your debut single, Here’s to the times features a cameo by Josh Ramsay, how was it working with him?

BSL: Working with Josh is difficult….only because he cracks so many jokes and it’s hard not to laugh the entire time! That being said, he’s a good friend of ours, so working with him never really feels like work.

Is there anyone you would like to work with in the future?

BSL: We’re all really into Purity Ring currently.

When can we expect the release of your EP?

BSL: Hopefully, the end of May.

What is your favorite song to play live? Whether it’s one of your own or a cover.

BSL: ‘Too Much To Handle’

Up until now in your career, what has been the highlight?

BSL: Having the best engineer in the world (Dave “Rave” Ogilvie) mix/produce our EP!

With social media, the music industry has changed, giving fans the chance to feel connected to their favorite bands/ artists, and in turn gives the band/ artist the chance to interact with the fans, how important is this aspect of the business in your opinion?

BSL: All 3 of us have access to our social media accounts on our phones, so it really is us posting, commenting and talking with people. Whether or not it’s important to our business, we just like hanging out and chatting. We also like Grumpy Cat.

Now I have a few “off topic” questions, so here goes:

How many tattoos (if any) do each of you have, and which is your favorite?

NJC: I have one and it is my favourite.

RA: I have two but my favourite one is not on me yet.

JZ: I have two and I regret both of them equally.

What is your current “go to” song?

NJC: “Fineshrine” – Purity Ring

RA: “If You’re Never Gonna Move” – Jessie Ware

JZ: “Party Hard” – Andrew W.K

If you are not playing music, what could we find you doing?

NJC: Breaking picnic tables and hanging out with Jeff’s ex-girlfriend.

RA: Crushing Palm Bays and building illegal bonfires on the beach…and hanging out with Jeff’s ex-girlfriend.

JZ: Building picnic tables from scratch and hanging out with my ex-girlfriend.

Now for the “THIS OR THAT” segment of this interview:

Coca Cola or Pepsi?

BSL: Coke Zero.

Chocolate or Peanut Butter?

BSL: The boys pick peanut butter but Rachel loves chocolate.

Cats or Dogs?

BSL: Slow Loris’….or dogs, if no Slow Loris is available.

Movies or Television?

BSL: Internet

Twitter or Facebook?

BSL: Twitter

Batman or Superman?

BSL: Batman…but ONLY played by Michael Keaton

Morning or Night?

BSL: Morning!

And of course, what would you like to say to your fans?

BSL: Every new member of the BSL Crew must be initiated with a hug. No exceptions.

-Jenna Melanson – Canadian Beats

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