STAR SEED, Aaron Shirk, And Sara Benyo Channel Resiliency On Melodic Dubstep Collaboration “Something To Hold On To”

Experimental pop and electronic producer STAR SEED is joining forces with multi-instrumentalist and producer Aaron Shirk and singer-songwriter Sara Benyo for a captivating new single.

The trifecta put their talents on full display with “Something To Hold On To,” which arrives on SLANDER’s esteemed Heaven Sent label.

“Something To Hold On To” is a melodic dubstep masterpiece. Built around Sara Benyo’s impassioned vocals, the lyrics trace a tale of hope amidst the darkness. Poignant piano and saccharine melodies enhance the emotional pull. As Sara grasps through the darkness, the production explodes into a torrent of melodic dubstep euphoria. The first drop blends uplifting chords, shimmering synth flutters, and glitchy flourishes. As the vocals become processed and chopped up, the track begins to take a darker twist, moving into a sinister underworld scored by attacking melodies and filthy sound design. An emotive break resets the energy, washing away the darkness and welcoming in brighter days. “Something To Hold On To” caps off with an epic climax, offering an inspiring finale instilled with a powerful sense of hopefulness.

STAR SEED explains how the collaboration came to life, saying, “‘Something to Hold On To’ actually started as a remix Aaron did for one of my songs back in 2022 for my first EP. I approached him later down the road for us to make it fully original instead of putting it out as a remix, so we kind of sat on that demo for some time. Later, I Tweeted out asking about which vocalists I should work with, and a few people tagged Sara in the replies, so we all ended up in conversation about working on something. She seemed to feel quite attached to the demo after listening to it and quickly got back with the vocals. We spent time completely revamping the record and getting it up to speed with our more recent production abilities and adding new drops, chord progressions, etc. Really happy with how this turned out!”

Aaron Shirk offers his side of the story, stating: “The original demo for ‘Something To Hold On To’ started out as a remix I made for STAR SEED’s track “Deeper Than Love” with Yultron back in June 2021. Both Noah [STAR SEED] and I played out this version for a while before we decided to turn it into an original. When Sara Benyo hopped on the track, I was incredibly impressed and began getting super excited about this track. Noah and I decided to rebuild the track from scratch so it was up to our current standards, and instantly knew we had something super special with this one. Very proud of how this one turned out and beyond grateful I got to work with Noah and Sara on this one!!”

STAR SEED is a genre-blurring producer known for crafting experimental pop music that explores themes of nature, spirituality, and beyond. He has landed official remixes for the Chainsmokers, Nurko, and Trivecta, and has garnered radio support from dance music royalty including ILLENIUM, Alison Wonderland, deadmau5, Zeds Dead, Gryffin, ARMNHMR, Jason Ross, and more. STAR SEED is also a favorite among editorial playlists, having landed placements in Spotify’s New Music Friday Dance, Apple Music’s Melodic Bass, Future Dance Hits, and Amazon’s Fresh EDM, Bass Box, among others. Most recently, he has hopped on tours with William Black and MitiS in March.

Virginia-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Shirk grew up playing saxophone, piano, and guitar, and has been applying his musicality to the melodic bass world. He has released on a wide range of standout labels including Ophelia, Circus Electric, Proximity, Wave Music, and Seeking Blue.

Sara Benyo is an L.A. transplant by way of Nashville. The multi-talented singer, songwriter, and producer has been making a name for herself in the dubstep and melodic bass genres. Her expanding catalog boasts collaborations with Jessica Audiffred & CHRMNDRS, EMBER, KYMERA, and more.

“Something To Hold On To” ushers in a tidal wave of emotion that brings the best out of its exceptional creators.

STAR SEED, Aaron Shirk, and Sara Benyo’s new single “Something To Hold On To” is available on all platforms via Heaven Sent.