"Zachery Allan Starkey Combines With New Order's Bernard Sumner On 'Force'. It's an electro-tinged piece of dark-pop... 'Force' pushes Zachery Allan Starkey's music into a fresh space, with Bernard Sumner's inimitable contribution opening a fresh chapter...There's an organic touch to Starkey's brand of synthetic pop, with the digital clouds parting to reveal some spectacular sonic landscapes….The barbed electronics are utilized to build Starkey's unique pop vision, one augmented by one of his heroes.....A brilliant partnership."
"Dramatic synthpop with more than an early touch of New Order."
-The Times UK
"New York-based DIY darkwaver Zachery Allan Starkey’s "Force," featuring Bernard Sumner (New Order, Joy Division)....propulsive beats and jagged rhythms leap and reflect off of stacked synth chords and a commanding vocal hook. The video features scenes from contemporary New York as it currently undergoes lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic."
-Under the Radar
"Starkey’s XXX symphonically sweeps the sonic landscape with pure hedonistic ecstasy, delving deep into a sensual narrative painted neon by its New York influences...soaring melodies and pounding drums and percussion for a sublime dynamism that's unforgettable."
“Starkey’s NO SECURITY is a sonic hardware assault, capturing the paranoia and instability of the current era while casting a hypnotic spell over the dance floor...we were instantly lured in by it's timely chaos."
"Starkey's work brings to mind the best work of electronic pioneers Giorgio Moroder and Patrick Cowley, whilst pushing firmly into the future."
“Taking lyrical cues from artists like Public Image Ltd, Fad Gadget, NIN and Lou Reed, Zachery Allan Starkey is out for blood."
Zachery Allan Starkey is a New York City based Composer/Musician/Producer whose contemporary, forward thinking work is being compared by critics to electronic pioneers New Order, Giorgio Moroder, Patrick Cowley, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Starkey has recently collaborated with Bernard Sumner, the leader of pioneering Post-Punk band New Order, and founding member of Joy Division ,on his new, critically acclaimed album, FEAR CITY. Inspired by Starkey's songwriting, Sumner provides synthesizers, guitars, drum programming, and additional production on two key Starkey songs, the anthemic club track "Force", and the darkly powerful "Fear City". Starkey uses elements of Techno, Post-Punk, Electro, Disco, and Industrial on FEAR CITY to make a firm, power musical statement about the modern world, looking towards an increasingly dystopian future, which has garnered rave critical reviews across the globe.
Zachery Allan Starkey opened for New Order on their sold out Music Complete Tour, including spectacular sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall, sparking a creative friendship and collaboration process with Sumner. In addition to Starkey’s collaborations with Sumner, FEAR CITY also features the symphonic Techno single ‘XXX’, the dystopian Techno nightmare of ‘No Security’, the Mutant Disco meets Electro grooves of ‘“Bright Future’”, the chrome Disco Metal of ‘Coked Up Biker Anthem’, remixed by legendary Berlin producer Mark Reeder, and the Synthpop protest song ‘Fallout’. The single and music video releases from FEAR CITY are an ongoing art project to both document and artistically capture life in New York during this historic period, directed or co-directed by Starkey himself.
In 2019 Starkey remixed acclaimed Chinese Techno band STOLEN and performed with them at a festival in Berlin, Germany. Starkey remix of the STOLEN single ‘Chaos’ was released by respected Japanese Techno label UMMA, alongside remixes by Takkyu Ishino, and Mark Reeder.
Starkey’s 2017 release, the ZGRT - HARD POWER album, saw him producing lead single "HARD POWER" with Gavilán Rayna Russom, of LCD Soundsystem and Black Meteoric Star. HARD POWER also included single "Connection”, an uplifting, House inspired ode to finding solace in solitude that received a glowing review in PASTE Magazine, the dark, dirty throbbing HI-NRG meets Synthwave powered "Black Angel", and the EBM inspired "Game Over”.
An experienced club DJ, Starkey worked with influential New York producers Lauren Flax and Gavilán Rayna Russom to co-found and produce C//TY CLUB, one of NYC's most respected and eclectic club nights, which held a 4 year residency at Brooklyn Techno hotspot Bossa Nova Civic Club.
In 2016, working Starkey released the sleazy Deep House COME INSIDE EP on the Italo/Deep House imprint Three Hands Records, featuring remixes by Lineki.
Starkey’s music career in New York began in 2013 with the release of his heartbreaking dance single, "Into the Sun", which became a club favorite from New York to Los Angeles. His follow up 2013 singles, "We’re All Fucked!" and "Rats", saw Starkey accurately predicting the current global political situation. The singles were followed by the release of the buzz creating full length album, DIY.
Zachery Allan Starkey currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York City, where he releases his work through the label DeathTrip NYC, in addition to releases on MFS (Berlin), UMMA (Japan), and Three Hands Records (Italy). He is also an accomplished photographer, as well as an occasional video director and performance artist.