ASTR: ’90s Wild Child

The ’90s were a time of upbeat, party-ready hip-hop and R&B the likes of which the world had never seen. Tapping into that era of music, with a spin of modern-day electronic dance music is New York’s very own singer and producer duo, ASTR.

Fresh off the release of their latest EP Homecoming, Zoe Silverman (singer) and Adam Pallin (producer) have made an imprint on the scene with their pulsating eerie-sexy hits like Activate Me and the more recent single Bleeding Love.” Peep our quickie Q&A below with the guy and gal twosome on their journey to trip-hop history.

Why as a band is ASTR drawn towards the dark, noir-esque aspects of music?

We draw a lot of inspiration from the dark times in our lives; those are the times you can be the most vulnerable.


What is it specifically about ’90s-era dance music, or ’90s music in general, that speaks to ASTR?

We grew up in that time so that’s the music we soaked up. Both of our roots are dance music and R&B.


Adam, what’s your favorite film score from the ’60s or ’70s? 

Profondo Rosso (Dario Argento) by Goblin 


Zoe, what was the most memorable moment you had when traveling the world?

On the last day of the Misfit Toy Tour, we went with an incredible fan to a tattoo shop to watch her get an ASTR tat. It was super special and meaningful to see the music have an impact on others.