The music industry is known for its competitiveness, with millions of people vying for a spot to get recognized for their talents. Despite the competition, Dren Starr has made a name for himself, gaining recognition across the country for his dedication to music production, marketing, and more. While he’s widely successful and known as a man of many hats because of his lengthy resume, it didn’t happen overnight. It took time, effort, passion, and consistency.
Getting a Fresh Start in Music at Young Age
“When I got into the music industry, it was a different time. You had to put yourself out there and get to know people. In today’s world, it’s easy to send someone a message on social media and get attention, but it wasn’t like that back then. I started long before YouTube even existed,” shared Dren Starr. “The first thing I did was work as a DJ while in my young teens. As I got older, I started my pirate radio station, WBAD Radio 91.9 FM, until the FCC shut it down. After that, I went from one project to the next, always looking for a way to climb the ladder and get to the top.”
Climbing the ladder was something Dren Starr worked on each day, eventually opening a pirate recording studio in his hometown, the Lower East Side of Manhattan. While at the recording studio, he got the chance to work with various artists and even had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing the late Big Pun. His consistency regularly paid off and led to many accomplishments, including a feature on the cover art of Ghostface Killah’s album Big Doe Rehab and opening for Fat Joe’s latest album on the first track of the Family Ties album.
Picking Up the Pieces
While Dren Starr’s dedication helped him get further in his career, he unexpectedly had to pause his workload when sentenced to over five years in prison on a gun charge. “I see it as a definite setback in my life, but the great thing about it is that I didn’t let it hold me back. No one wants to put their career on hold, but it happened, and I learned from it. I made such an impression on people before my incarceration that I got to pick back up where I left off when I got out,” said Dren Starr. “I had to adjust because things were a lot different by the time I got out of prison, but I was ready for any new challenge that would come my way. When you’re passionate about something, you don’t let the fear of change get in your head and take over.”
Picking up the pieces might have been a challenge for some people, but for Dren Starr, it came naturally. He couldn’t help but look forward to getting back into the industry and adapting to the new digital era taking the music industry by storm. Now that he’s back and better than ever, he’s started LES BRAND while working with Meek Mill, Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz, and other big names, and plans to build a considerable legacy for his sons.
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