No other artist has been more influential in my life than David Bowie, whose death remains devastating for me and fans around the world. I've conceded that the pain may never go away, and, if this was the price of admission, I have no regret. Grauzone aka gray zone is a sad song, but I hope Bowie fans also find it comforting and a fitting tribute. - Black Arts Lab
●Music: The music was inspired by the production sound of Bowie’s “Low” album and the post-punk genre, “Cold Wave.” An intricate part of the production was the use of “circuit bent” sounds, as they help to convey the feeling of loss, disconnect and a broken spirit, like radio signals sputtering out an SOS that goes unanswered.
●Lyrics: I simply wrote from my heart, the personal effect David Bowie’s death had on me and the immense influence he had on the entire world. Something I formerly thought was only for melodramatic effect in Douglas Sirk movies, I did literally fall to the floor when I heard the news of his passing. Tastefully interjecting references to his songs and stage personas only felt natural to include in the text. For a whole month, I couldn’t get through the song to record it without breaking down. Finally, I felt I had the strength to sing it, and the very first take is the one heard on the release.
●Video: Experimental film shorts for all three versions will accompany the release throughout the promotion campaign.
Special Thanks to: Malte Steiner, Roger Selvage, Mark Beaven, Joe Morra, Mary Stephens Mitchell, Andreas Krebs, Jono Podmore
released April 1, 2016
Written, Produced & Performed by Black Arts Lab
Black Arts Laboratory, Berlin