Currently on another “indefinite hiatus” from his main project Bloc Party, frontman Kele Okereke has been spending his time away from the band reshaping the future of physical music.
Okereke has teamed up with singer/songwriter Bobbie Gordon to produce the world’s first commercially sold 3D-printed record.
The track, “Down Boy,” will be released as a limited-edition single, and sold from pop-up record shops in London throughout the month of December. Okereke and Gordon are working with Bacardi Beginnings to produce the record, and all proceeds from the single will go to benefit Nordoff Robbins, a music therapy charity in the U.K.
Amanda Ghassaei, who developed the technology behind 3D-record printing, said in an interview with The Vinyl Factory, that it’s still unclear how big of an impact her work will have on the current record industry. “I’m not sure any of these ideas will ever overtake the current industrial processes that are used to create vinyl,” she said. “I think the appeal of these techniques is for DIYers to get to experiment with the process by creating their own custom one-offs.”
See a video below featuring behind the scenes footage of Okereke and Gordon in the studio, as well as the process behind producing a 3D-printed record.