Bryan Black – the techno producer who cut his teeth as a sound designer and keyboard tech for Prince at Paisley Park Studios and who formed one half of acclaimed duo MOTOR – shares today “Howl” featuring Zola Jesus. This is the first taste of what is to come from Thrust, his forthcoming album as Black Asteroid, due this summer on Last Gang Records.
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, Black 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. 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. That period 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, coming in 2017 on Last Gang records.