“Born in Pittsburgh. Raised to the Stars. Dedicated to making you move.”
Starship Mantis is a project that aims to provide a dynamic musical experience in a way that is accessible to musicians, music enthusiasts, and those who are simply looking to have a good time. Founded by Pittsburgh bassist Beni Rossman, this project combines the vocal and musical stylings of Jamiroquai with the characteristics of many other influences, both in and outside of the Funk style.
As of the beginning of 2018, the band has a history of performing regionally and with national acts. They have shared the stage with acts like Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Ghost Note, Marbin, Big Mean Sound Machine, and performed at numerous festivals such as Some Kind Of Jam, Farmjammalamma, WaterFire Festival, Deutschtown Music Festival, Feastival, and many more.
After a year of intensive writing and recording, Starship Mantis is preparing for the release of their debut full length album, “Trapped in the 9th Dimension” (May 2018), a contemporary reimagining of the funk-fusion concept album. Modeled after Parliament’s “Mothership Connection”, the album explores a multiverse of sounds which provide the listener with a unique and interpretive story. Through the combination of infectious funk grooves, hypnotic melodies, and daring solos, the band creates a fresh and rooted take on the funk genre.