Nothing is more important than the right chemistry. Or a strong vision. Better to have both. No matter how awesome you are on your instrument, no matter how beautiful your melodies, how expensive your equipment or how elaborate your recording antics: Without the right chemistry you don’t even have to try. Without it, a band is lacking the ultimate, the inexplicable, the unlearnable element. Without it, bluntly, it’s lacking magic. If, however, everything from instrumental prowess and composing talent to experience, the right kind of chemistry and a strong visionary is congregating, then, and only then, a band like Rhonda Star is able to arise. A band unlike any other recent Berlin based rock band.
Rhonda Star is more than some kind of urban symphony, though. The band’s a canvas on which Ronja Violett is painting her deeply personal musical pictures. Speaking of inspiration, she mentions her own unbiasedness as well as “the many sides of loves and human stories, the sea and the forest, the eyes of animals, clouds, rain and champagne, death and birth, the honesty of a child, the sadness of a clown, fragility and madness.” She grins. “The good kind, of course.” In short: The unfathomable vastness of life itself. A lot of this artistic approach is rooted within her very DNA. “There was a lot of music in my childhood. My father had a huge record collection and a guitar, one uncle was sublimely playing the classical piano, another one wrote his own songs. When my age, my grandfather was trying to get a record deal and took his own life shortly after. In a way, I am bringing this to an end for him.”
An end that is a start for Rhonda Star. A new dawn, lead by their first single “Stranger”, enchanting and twinkle-toed, the very first song she wrote for this project. Self-produced and recorded as a one take, it’s also their first promising sign of life. It will be followed by an EP and, possibly, also a debut album in 2020, having material and ideas in abundance – the peaks of not only playing but living, sleeping, breathing together. „Most of the songs I write on grandmas piano in our living room or when I play grandpas tiny 60´s western guitar“ Violett says. “When I have some lyrics and a vague musical idea in my head, Alex is coming along with his guitar.” She adds: “Rhonda Star is still in its very early stages, though. The songs will seek and find many ways.” Be it a spellbinding, slo-mo cover of Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights” or an example of intoxicating street poetry like “Rain & Champagne”: All these different ways lead home.