Platinum blonde lyrics that cut into the fabric of our society, class and looks that kill: this is Princess Superstar now, then and forever. Concetta Kirschner has her first taste of music from her parent’s daily servings of 70’soul and rock in the suburbs of Philadelphia; tired of the quiet life, the Superstar, packs her belongings and at the age of 17 makes her return to her native New York. It’s 1994, armed with a four track, guitar, keyboards, simple sampling and air tight lyrics, she cuts her first demo immediately receiving incredible hype from the underground and from the majors who recognized her talent and futuristic vision.
After many tug of wars with majors she decides to release her first album, Strictly Platinum, on indie label 5th Beetle; co produced with Greg Talenfeld (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) and Godfrey Diamond, best known for producing “Jungle Boogie” by Kool and the Gang.
More wise and focused, the Superstar produces and self releases in 1997, her sophomore effort, CEO, which would defy critic’s expectations and music industry categorization making her the archetype of a modern blend of hip hop and electronic music. It’s the dawn of the new millennium, and the renaissance lady of electro rap has her hands wrapped around every little aspect of the business, ending the century with yet another gem, Last of the 20th Century Composers, in collaboration with pioneers Prince Paul and Jon Spencer. Around and about her release date, she supports her album performing along side N.E.R.D., Bjork, Z-Trip and KRS-1.
February 2002, “Bad Babysitter” enters the UK top 15 and is a staple for many months on MTV Europe and the Box’s heavy rotation proving that one Princess can move the masses more effectively than a prince, a Queen Mother and a prime minister. The single is featured on the later released Princess Superstar Is album which featured collaborations with master MC Kool Keith, the rugged and raw Bahamadia, The High and Mighty, Jzone, Mista Sinista, Herbalizer and a special collaboration with Mercury Prize winner Beth Orton. When it comes to the Hip Hop game, the Princess has it on lock down and the critics go crazy!
The unstoppable first lady then releases “Fuck me on the dance floor, produces by legendary ghetto-tech/ booty-bar impresario Disco D who has recently produced “Sky mask way” on 50 Cent’s “The Massacre”. Tearing the clubs up like fire, the Superstar throws down on the wheels of steel from London to Japan, hyping the crowd with her mash-ups between hip hop, electro and rock; playing along side Alexander Technique, Felix the Housecat, Tiga, ?estlove of the Root, Miss Kittin, and just about every big DJ out there.
Taking it to another level once again, she teams up with Alexander Technique, the king of mash-ups, to create the avalanche that is known on the dancefloor as DJs Are Not Rockstars driving people crazy throughout the globe; their self-titled mix of 46 tracks mashed into 17 would then be unofficially released on Gigolo Records. During the few years to come, the Superstar dropped some science on the Prodigy’s “Always out numbered…,” which went to #1 on the UK charts in 2005; she also collaborated with Moby on his track “Jam for the Ladies” and on the recent Dr. Octagon record with Kool Keith.
In 2005, her majesty upped the game by bringing on the road a live band including her long time live DJ, Alexander Technique, by creating a real life opus, which would unfold the stories told in My Machine, a concept album about a futuristic society inhabited by clones of the Superstar. Ironically, modern day vices are explored and superficiality is served cold dirty beats courtesy of Arthur Baker, Jacques Lu Cont, Alexander Technique and Junior Sanchez to name a few.
Keep counting… she’s Perfect!