Bryan Black aka Black Asteroid started his music career as a sound designer and keyboard tech for Prince at Paisley Park Studios in his hometown of Minneapolis. While working for Prince, Black proceeded to create his own music under the name Haloblack and then Motor for 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 and recording songs with Martin Gore. Together Black and Gore wrote a top 40 single “Man Made Machine”.
In 2011, the debut Black Asteroid single, “Engine 1” introduced Black Asteroid to the world – a unique industrial techno sound that quickly took off, propelling Black to play at clubs such as Berghain and Tresor in Berlin, Khidi In Tbilisi, Fabric and Fold in London and countless major festivals, including being a face of Amsterdam Dance Event. The focus was in favor of song structures and vocals in a techno template.
After a string of critically acclaimed EPs on CLR and Electric Deluxe, the debut album “Thrust” was released in 2017 with many cross over singles, featuring vocals from Zola Jesus, Cold Cave and Michele Lamy.
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.
In addition to working in the fashion world, BLACK ASTEROID has released a collection of sunglasses with Valley Eyewear and also soundtracked a collection for the designer Raf Simons.
In 2023, Black Asteroid released 2 EPs- “Acid Flesh” on CLR, and “New Flesh” on PLS UK – showcasing a more experimental sound, utilizing vocals and guitars.
In early 2024, Black Asteroid will release a string of new singles followed by the second album, “Infinite Darkness” on Art of Fact records. This highly anticipated album was produced over the span of 5 years, and will feature some incredible talent such as Ian Astbury of The Cult, Actors, Louisahhh, Michele Lamy, Front Line Assembly, Blush Response and Speedy J.
This truly original, crossover record, goes where techno has never gone before. Guitars and vocals feature prominently on the album, alongside a wall of modular synths to create solid machine driven grooves and atmospheres that coalesce with the live performances, a sound that is uniquely Black Asteroid.