This Is Reality
Neilshanil has had a passion for music since his early years in life. In 1988, neilshanil began his musical career at The Ontario Conservatory of Music in downtown Guelph. There he learned how to play the organ, keyboard, piano & guitar. In 1990, neilshanil entered his first year of high school. He had signed up for music class thinking he would play guitar. When he walked into his third period music class on the first day of school he saw many musical instruments like trumpets and flutes, but no guitars. When neilshanil asked his music instructor for the guitars he was told, 'We don't have guitars. You're our drummer and I will teach you how to play the drums in 4 days.' neilshanil developed a more in-depth approach to music as a drummer. Neilshanil started to write rhymes at the age of 12, but most of the songs on the Northstar albums were written from the ages of 19 to 29. In 1998, neilshanil was inspired by Billup 'b-ill' to write more rhymes. The duo formed Def Springs in Hamilton, Canada. The two MC's hit the studio at Mohawk College on the Hamilton Mountain to record the song 'Crazy Horse'. Def Springs did go on to write several other songs. Time and distance played roles in the fate of Def Springs, but Northstar hopes to resurrect 'Crazy Horse' on an upcoming album. Inov8r is the alter-ego of Yoshi: musician, producer, composer, beat-master, programmer, arranger, engineer and jack of all trades. Inov8r uses highly creative and innovative techniques to produce unique sounds and styles that have never been heard before. Inov8r has had formal music and audio production training and has been performing for over 25 years. He has performed solo, in bands and in orchestras - in front of thousands of people. Inov8r has worked as an On-air performer on many radio stations in southern Ontario. He also hosts a weekly live music show and co-produces a weekly podcast. By using a wide variety of gear, software, and recording techniques, Inov8r can customize and sculpt sound to make each song sound different from the last, while still maintaining the overall style of the project. New gear, old gear, traditional and different, industry standard software and hardware and out-of-the-box thinking result in a totally unique sound and style that sets Northstar apart from every other hip hop act. Inov8r and neilshanil have worked together on many different projects and have created over one hundred hours of audio recordings. Inov8r has also created many remixes and original compositions which will be available on his upcoming solo project.