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 such 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 — an industrial rock sound that quickly took off, propelling Black to play at clubs such as Berghain, live shows at Fabric London and major festivals. The focus was in favor of song structures and vocals in a techno template. After a string of EPs, 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 have released a collection of sunglasses with Valley Eyewear. In early 2023, Black Asteroid released 2 new EP’s- “Acid Flesh” on CLR, and “New Flesh” on PLS UK- showcasing a more experimental sound, utilizing vocals and guitars. A second LP is planned for 2023.