info : 01/2004



Kevin Moon aka Moonstarr, a seasoned dj and music producer for 10+ years, strives to push the boundaries of electronic music by defying categories and genres. Citing influences such as Underground Resistance (Detroit Techno), DJ Premier (Hip Hop) and Baden Powell (Brazillian Bossa), Moonstarr's sound keeps evolving and expanding while he rocks parties across the planet.

His first release, 1997s Hexed on Wha'naut Records, was well received by local Toronto DJs. The three Moonstarr tracks spanned drum'n'bass, hip hop and beyond. Following the release of the Hexed EP, Moonstarr saw a lull in the electronic music scene in Toronto. Seeing no outlet for his music and the music of his peers, he decided to found his own record label.

On his way to his day job, Moonstarr previewed friend's demo tapes while riding the subway. Moonstarr saw the potential and innovation behind these raw demo beats and in 1998 he approached a circle of underground musicians and like-minded friends to form Public Transit Recordings (PTR).

The first PTR release, the compilation Code: 416, received heavy rotation on college radio stations across Ontario. Critics in magazines such as Now, Eye, Exclaim! and Peace Magazine praised the album and helped PTR make a name for itself. With the release of the vinyl-only EP Metropass in 1999 and the CD compilation The Blue Night Network in 2000, Public Transit Recordings and Moonstarr have established themselves in the field of electronic music. Moonstarr has also received support from the international music community, sharing one of two 12” singles with the UK’s Cold Mission (aka Marc Mack of 4-Hero).

After executive producing the LAL album in 2000, Moonstarr finally released his first EP Dupont in 2001/2002. According to Moonstarr, Dupont “is a broken-down musical expression about the culture of the city.” Dupont has received support from DJs around the world. Rainer Truby charted the record in Straight no Chaser magazine and Gilles Peterson placed it on his list of the Top 50 albums of 2001. German label Compost included Moonstarr’s track “Dust” on the latest edition of its prestigious Future Sound of Jazz compilation. He also worked with Movement’s John Kong to produce the bossa-fied “Future Visions” on Fluid Ounce Records.

With the great strides Moonstarr’s has made so far, 2003 looks to be a banner year for Moonstarr and PTR. In the works is a full length album "What's wrong with this picture" for Compost Records Germany and continue at the helm of Public Transit Recordings.

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