Mr. Duval has generated the sound that is beyond the natural composition of the heretical position of the pianist and indulges the world of that which one can only describe as PURE. I only want for him to continue to create. Please continue to release music.
The song explores the history of the transatlantic slave trade. The idea that we live in a world that not only feels the effect of this horrific history but one that takes elements from the slave system and implements them in different ways adapted to our contemporary life.
I created the stop motion video for Slave with Max Valizadeh. In the video, we actually personify the audio file as a loveable character which is born into the world through artistic creation but quickly finds itself enslaved and exploited by manipulative music industry agents.
Many artists have famously spoken out about the importance of owning their masters and have also equated elements of the music industry to slavery such as Prince and Nipsey Hu$$le. These artists are depicted on the peak of the mountain in the end sequence of the video, which I climb to join them. The story is an adaptation of my own experience in the music industry. In 2019 I bought back my own masters, which was my mountain to climb.
…they don’t have to call you um… the ’N’ word to be racist, you know, or to… it’s a much deeper conversation right, like everybody should own their masters. If major labels want to do deals with artists to… to partner with them, great, partner with me but don’t own… me, you’re not… you know, trust me that, you know those contracts they… you know they tell you that they want to own the master and then every copy thereof is a slave…