Bryan Black (a.k.a. Black Asteroid) has dropped the first single “Howl (feat. Zola Jesus)” from the forthcoming album Thrust, due for release later this year via Last Gang Records.
Obsessed with sound and graphic design, Bryan Black started his music career as a sound designer and keyboard tech for PRINCE at PAISLEY PARK STUDIOS. While at Paisley Park, Bryan learned how to manipulate computers and instruments in ways that could only be learned under the watchful eye of Prince.
While working for Prince, Black proceeded to create his own music- some of the most alien techno records released on labels such as Mute and Kompakt. These records caught the ear of MARTIN GORE from DEPECHE MODE. Soon after, bryan was on tour with Depeche Mode with his band MOTOR, and recording songs with Martin Gore at his home in Santa Barbara.
In 2011 after years of recording and touring with MOTOR, Bryan wrote “Engine 1” to start a new chapter- returning to his techno roots in the boldest possible way. Black Asteroid set about making techno from a new perspective, in a traditional song structure format. The first EP “Engine” was quickly signed to CLR records, became an instant hit, and was a precursor to what soon became known as industrial techno.
The fashion designer RICK OWENS picked up on what was happening, and used Black’s music for his runway shows in Paris. The two quickly became friends and collaborators. Their next collaboration comes in the form of the debut album from Black Asteroid, Thrust coming in 2017 on Last Gang records.
Listen to “Howl (feat. Zola Jesus)” [EVERYWHERE].