Kelley Pollar began his musical studies at the age of three with stack of LPs, a plastic Fisher-Price turntable and his six-year-old, disco-loving sister, Blevin Blectum. The two would enjoy long afternoons on their parent’s bucolic New England estate, listening primarily to symphonic disco-orchestral
compositions like “Magic Bird of Fire” and the works of Rinder & Lewis. A misspent youth ensued,
steeped in gentle lessons in piano, violin and finally viola, which would become his passion and primary musical vehicle.
Polar went on to become a prizewinner at the William Primrose International Viola Competition at 18, followed soon after by an infamous tenure at Oberlin Conservatory. By the mid-nineties, Polar found himself in new york city pursuing an advanced degree at the illustrious Juilliard School and
cementing his reputation for general deviance. By day, he took classes and held a menial job as a Teaching Fellow in Electronic Music; by night, he busied himself in the school’s tiny, ill-equipped studio.
Time passed until fate introduced a freak meeting with Morgan Geist, head of the environ record label. Geist and partner Darshan Jesrani were deep into the production of their first collaborative record and looking for a section of live strings to complete the germination of their signature sound. Retiring to the tiny, windowless cube high above Lincoln Center that was his studio, Polar proceeded to compose and record the first string arrangement for the duo that would soon be known to the world as Metro Area.