Starset was formed by Downplay vocalist Dustin Bates in 2013 and he takes the roles of lead singer and songwriter whilst also playing the keyboard. Bates' interest in Space was first fueled when acquiring his PhD in electrical engineering as he studied at Ohio University. He also has completed research for the U.S. Air Force and even taught at the International Space University. Starset is part of the group, The Starset Society, who are meant to help develop on the scientific and political themes of the bands music. The band released their debut album Transmissions on July 8, 2014 in digital and physical format. Their sophomore album, Vessels was released on January 20, 2017.