DJ Lovebug Starski
DJ -- RAP MUSICIAN -- MUSIC PRODUCER
Also in 1971, Grand Master Flash introduced Starski to Pete "DJ" Jones, who was the number one DJ at the time. With Pete's guidance and instruction, Starski's talents were now showcased in the form of a polished DJ master. His career began to solidify with solo performances at top clubs in New York City, such as the Renaissance Ballroom (The Remy), Cotton Club, 3-7-1, Harlem World (home to many famous MC battles), Studio 54, The Fun House, Stardust Ballroom, Smalls Paradise and the Audubon Ballroom. In 1978, Starski landed the coveted position of house DJ for the world famous club Disco Fever. In 1983, Starski ventured into recording his own music, and was an immediate success with his number one hit "You Gotta Believe". This success was quickly followed by "Starski Live at the Disco Fever", which was produced by Larry Smith, Russell Simmons and Kurtis Blow. In 1984, Starski produced a couple more hit records, "Do The Right Thing" and "Starski Live at The Fever Part 2". Around the same time, he worked extensively on the soundtrack for the film "Rappin" starring Mario Van Peebles. Born in the Bronx, Kevin Smith, aka Lovebug Starski, is an accomplished and charismatic pioneer in Hip Hop culture. He is globally recognized and respected for his groundbreaking style of combining the art of DJ'ing and rapping simultaneously on the microphone. Starski is also responsible for coining the term "Hip Hop", and various other terms, including "the Boogie Down Bronx". In 1971, Starski began his career as a Disc Jockey (DJ), playing in parks throughout N.Y.C., and teaming up with DJ's that would have to plug their equipment into lamp polls. Also during the early 70's, Starski performed in nearly every Hip Hop club in the New York area, and shared his love of music with other pioneers, such as DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grand Master Flash and DJ Hollywood.
In 1986, Starski became the very first rapper to sign with a major record company (Epic Records) to record a full length album called "House Rocker" which included the hit singles "Amityville -- House on the Hill" and "Say What You Wanna Say". In 1986, Starski relocated to London, but was also available to travel the world and perform in France, Geneva, Switzerland, Paris and Amsterdam.
After returning to the states in the 90's, Starski began to collaborate with his old friend Russell Simmons and was eventually Russell's private event resident DJ, such as Russell's wedding reception on St. Bart's Island. Starski was also responsible for all of Russell's Phat Farm and Baby Phat affairs. From 2005 through 2008, Starski DJ'ed all of the New Year's Eve parties at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. Starski has performed with everybody who is anybody under the sun and held it down. Starski grinds hard internationally and is money well spent. He will be the first to tell you, "Every party is his last, so he has to give you 110%".