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Lady Starlight

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AKA: Colleen Martin

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LADY STARLIGHT is a multi-talented classic rock and metal DJ and performer as well as an inspirational style icon and writer.

Lady Starlight oozes a unique blend of style and substance. She is a rabid record collector and scholar of rock history who uses fashion as a means of expressing her love for music. Sound and vision; Djing and style. She’s a Lady on a mission to bring rock and heavy metal back into its rightful place in pop culture.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that Starlight is probably the best metal DJ in the world. She’s rocked my nights and blown me away at various festivals with the perfect picks from her incredible collection. She also brings the best vibe before, during and after her set.” Marek Steven – Vice magazine & Promoter

Lady Starlight has been an influential presence in the New York City underground since the early 2000’s. She has produced nightlife events that celebrate forgotten genres over the past decade. From late 60’s psych, to 70’s glam, to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

Lady Starlight is best known for her work and friendship with Lady Gaga. The two first joined forces as a duo in 2007 as ‘Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue’. Lady Starlight spun her 70’s glam and metal records between Gaga’s pop songs; the shock and confusion their stage show created has become a trademark for Gaga.

Gaga in V Magazine May 2011 – “An expertise in the vocabulary of fashion, art and pop culture requires a tremendous amount of studying …from vintage books …to metal records from my best friend Lady Starlight…”

Lady Starlight has been a critical player in Lady Gaga’s career, with her approach to art and music inspiring Gaga personally and professionally. She has collaborated with the singer on everything from fashion styling, onstage performance concepts, and set design.

From July 2010 to May 2011, Lady Starlight was first support on Lady Gaga’s record-breaking world tour, The Monster Ball. In homage to “The Lady Gaga And The Starlight Revue” Starlight’s set included Iron Maiden, Faith No More, Anthrax, Slayer and Pantera showcased to an unsuspecting pop audience.

Lady Starlight’s DJ sets combine interpretive performance with her vast collection of classic hard rock and heavy metal vinyl. Gaga’s “Little Monsters”, metalheads, fashionistas and rock bands alike love her. Her fans now proudly wear Iron Maiden and Rush t-shirts to Gaga’s concerts and to go to Megadeth shows.

Influenced by Neal Kaye’s ‘”soundhouse” vibe and at home in stadiums, festivals or playing clubs, Starlight is changing the way people view the Rock DJ. Recently touring the USA and UK with Judas Priest and Thin Lizzy and playing by special request of Iron Maiden at their O2 shows, Starlight is bringing fashion and a light hearted reverence to metalheads too.

“Between sets, Lady Starlight spun some records and otherwise rocked out …Which made what she was doing seem fun instead of just background noise…she brought out a metal shield and a short sword of some kind to wave about in time with the music like some kind of choreographed combat. Most DJs don’t do this kind of thing and she did it whenever she was on the tables…But last night she made the between-band music good and entertaining for a change.” Westwood blog

Starlight has done solo international tours as a DJ with stops in London, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Chicago. She played the famous Donington rock festival (Download) in the UK as well as High Voltage festival in 2011. She also partnered with the Morgan’s Hotel Group to create a reputation for the brand as a rock n roll destination. Her successful weekly residency at the Royalton and Hudson Hotels that has been written up in US Weekly Magazine, NY Daily News, New York Post, Urban Daddy, NBC Nightline, Life & Style and other media outlets.

She was featured prominently in the Emmy nominated HBO special presentation: The Monster Ball at Madison Square Garden and has been voted Best Female Hard Rock DJ by the popular New York City weekly, The L Magazine.

Recent press includes an AOL home page feature, interviews in Rolling Stone, NME, Classic Rock magazine, MTV, and Guardian, She was a guest along with Perry Farrell and Gene Simmons on the popular Chicago radio show, Mancow in the Morning.

Recently Lady Starlight has been touring with Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, and Rival Sons and is currently working on radio, music production, writing and fashion design projects, and continues to tour relentlessly both playing clubs and supporting rock bands. It has just been announced that she will again join Lady Gaga on the 2012 Born This Way Ball.

Starlight on what she has planned for the tour:

“The Born This Way Ball is proof that dreams come true, the dream has never been to get famous and make money. My dream has been to have the ability to express myself in any way I want. Gaga has achieved this and wouldn’t rest until she gave me the same opportunity. She is a true best friend. I was lucky enough to do the Monster Ball in 2010, and that was such a blast playing Slayer and Pantera to all the Little Monsters that now I¹m coming back!

I’ve shifted focus to include my passion for progressive rock. Notably Peter Hammill and Van Der Graaf Generator – both forms of music that don’t typically bring to mind theatrical performance! Developing a new kind of performance that combines many different artistic mediums music, theater, dance, fashion and video. Challenging expectations of the performers role as I’ve done with DJing. In keeping with my concepts of what Djing is, I’m redefining performance art. Everyone is a performance artist these days. The term itself is meaningless. Every performance is artistic in some way. The term ‘Absolute Performance’ derived from the concept of ‘Absolute Music’ fits more closely what I aim to achieve. In many regards it is creating a moving photograph. Through DJing and Absolute Performance I hope to open minds and inspire. I hope to open minds and inspire people to follow their creative vision no matter how unusual or impossible it may seem. The Born This Way ball is the best place to deliver this message.

It’s all about inspiration, acceptance and freedom.”