Star Slinger is the stage name of Darren Williams, a quickly rising a producer/DJ from the UK. He has made his name on incredibly inventive instrumentals and rap remixes which often improve on the original, a rarity for most. He played the ever popular Perry's dance music stage at 2 p.m. on Saturday, just before the festival was evacuated. We spoke on Sunday afternoon.
Griffin: You're a DJ and a producer. Yesterday was an all DJ set though.
Darren Williams: Yeah, that's pretty much what I do now. I used to do live mixing stuff. But, you know, a section of it was live and another section was just kind of faking it. I know a lot of people do that, and love doing it, but I just can't do it. I just prefer to have more control over what you play and changing it up if the people aren't feeling it. I like that freedom.
G: On Twitter, someone called you a mashup DJ and you corrected them, saying you're a producer. Is that a distinction that's important to you?
DW: I think people who are uneducated in dance music can mix it up definitely. I guess some of my fans were into me because they thought it sounded a little indie in the beginning. So they got on board, but it's like, I'm not the kind of person who will carry on doing the same thing for a long time. But people may have gotten into me that only look as far as Girl Talk. And no offense to Girl Talk, what he does is great. But I'm just not that.
G: You just released a song with Lil B and Stunnaman. What was that like?
DW: Stunnaman rapped over a remix I did of a Gold Panda song. And he then said, “do you want to do this track with me?” And I said it would be cool if he rapped over something that I hadn't already done. So I sent him some beats. Didn't even meet up with him. Haven't met him yet. I plan to. But anyway he spat over my beats and asked if Lil B could join. I was just like, yeah. Why not? I sort of like Lil B. I didn't used to. I didn't used to like him.
G: I have no idea what to think of him.
DW: When you realize that he's sort of making a meme for himself, that's when you start to like Lil B. It's not really about skill level or anything. It's just about fun I think. Just a persona and charisma that's carried him so far.