Columbus rockers Starset are performing for two nights at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder this week, so we chatted with Dustin Bates about what we can expect.C
Yellow Scene: When did the band form, and what was the mission?
Dustin Bates: We’re promoting a narrative that’s looking at the near future, and how technology might affect it politically, economically, philosophically, socially, and thew record actually takes on that narrative. It’s become a soundtrack to it. Our live show is an extension of that.
YS: Describe the sound…
DB: It is the soundtrack to a sci-fi blockbuster movie, if a hard rock band did it. We call it cinematic rock.
YS: Do you like playing Colorado?
DB: I love Colorado, and I’m not just pandering. I actually had six weeks off, the longest break we’ve had this year, and I spent it in Denver. I love the fact that there’s so much nature, I love the breweries, the climate, practically everything about it. The people are happy and interesting, and smarter than average. It’s great.
YS: What can we expect from the set?
DB: It’s gonna be great. The philosophy is to make the show immersive. Let people escape their lives and bring them into our world. At a planetarium, that is inescapable. Under the dome, inside of our concept, the people become part of the show.
YS: What’s next, after this show?
DB: Right now, we’re on tour with Breaking Benjamin. We’re flying to Boulder just for these shows, then flying back to continue touring. We’ll finish that up, then there’ll be a novel out in December which begins to explain everything that we’ve built everything around, the narrative.
Starset plays at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28 at Fiske Planetarium; 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder; 303-492-5002; $25.