The great writing mystery

Posted By mattinstar / April, 14, 2014 / 0 comments

It is one thing to take a pre existing song and make it your own but to write songs from a few bars and a pile of lyrics is something special indeed! The magic is almost unexplainable except that it takes a great friendship and knowledge of each others talents to recognise the development of…

What’s in a Name…

Posted By mattinstar / March, 28, 2014 / 0 comments

Let’s travel to 2007 and a bleary Sunday morning poked its head out of the shell and squinted at bright sunshine. Sitting in the recording studio mulling over song titles and concepts were Matthew and Ritchie fresh from a mammoth writing session and ready to record their opus magnus, Instar. We decided on about fifteen songs…

The Moving Finger Writes…

Posted By mattinstar / March, 24, 2014 / 0 comments

Let’s rewind to the days of yore and reminisce through Rose-tinted spectacles. The party rock days are still ringing in our ears and the call of varied genres opens out our influences like a cactus flower after the rains! Artists like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Guthrie Govan, Dave Matthews and Sananda Maitreya with jazz, blues…

The Album Is Out

Posted By mattinstar / August, 22, 2013 / 0 comments

How we did it…

Posted By mattinstar / August, 22, 2013 / 0 comments

Let’s begin in the 1980’s. An era of innovation and, arguably the best time for music, especially if you were a Hard Rock apprentice who only ever saw his heroes on stage or in Circus or Kerrang magazine. Everyone was larger than life, shrouded in mystery and their shows were jaw dropping in their grotesque…

SE Reflexion Filter Mic Stand

Posted By mattinstar / March, 10, 2013 / 0 comments

We just built our own mic stand for the SE Reflexion filter and it really works:

instar mastered by Andy Jackson

Posted By mattinstar / December, 20, 2011 / 0 comments

instar’s debut album was entirely recorded, engineered and mixed by Matthew, he even did all the artwork & photography. When the album was finished we sat back and said “wouldn’t it be cool to get it mastered by the best” So,we had a think and thought the man for the job is Andy Jackson. So…

CD launch Party

Posted By mattinstar / November, 26, 2011 / 0 comments

Well, we waited 6 years for this night…..and it was worth the wait ! We held the launch of instar’s debut album in the same room we shot the front cover, in the music room at the historic Towneley Hall. Tickets for the night had sold out in advance for the first ever listen to…

The CD launch Night

Posted By mattinstar / November, 21, 2011 / 0 comments

On the 19th of November 2011 we finally launch our debut CD onto the world with a sell out show. The night kicked off with an AV show the bands history and the making of the album, followed by the first ever listen to the album in full. After a shirt break for a drink…

Album & website are ready!

Posted By mattinstar / July, 27, 2011 / 0 comments

  Instar are a new sounding band with a collection of songs guaranteed to have you hooked from first listen. They have developed a unique sound from years of performing in various outfits with different styles, drawing on some aspects of each genre to create the amazing music on their debut album. With influences ranging…