Musician Who Turned Uncle’s Bones Into Guitar Paints Records With His Own Blood
A heavy metal artist who swings on his uncle’s skeleton has now painted record covers with blood.
Prince Midnight made headlines earlier this year by having his late parent’s bones transformed into an electric guitar.
In what he believes to be another world first for any musician, Prince Midnight of Florida, USA, embellished his records with blood from his fingers.
But he insists that customers aren’t allowed to “clone” him using his DNA smeared on their music drive – even though he’s excited about the idea.
Prince Midnight, real name Yaago Anax, told the Daily Star: “Owning any of my records does not constitute permission to do genetic research on me, attempt to alter my genetic sequence or create a clone. from me when the technology becomes available.
“I am open to these things, but I will need a standard formal agreement.”
Denying that all of this is just a gimmick to sell records, the rocker says shedding his blood is a “symbolic gesture” that reflects his emotions in creating the record.
He said: “I sold all the copies that I painted with blood this morning. It really wasn’t a gimmick to sell records, but I couldn’t find any artist who ever embellished his records. with his own blood.
“It’s the first. I think it’s a powerful statement.”
On the Prince Midnight website, a 7-inch opaque blood red vinyl can be purchased for $ 8 (Â£ 5.80).
It is described as the first vibraphone-based heavy metal record featured in a themed concept album of Prince Midnight and his âHell Timeâ.
The process of safely drawing enough blood to illustrate and color the sketches took a lot longer than Midnight originally anticipated.
“I thought it would be relatively easy, but less blood comes out than you might imagine. I use insulin lancets intended for diabetics and I can get a few drops every time I start on my own,” a he explained.
“It took a lot more effort than I originally expected. I thought it would take overnight, it took weeks.”
Using their own vital body fluid as an alternative to red paint is enough to make many people dizzy, but for Midnight it came “naturally”.
He said, âPainting with blood isn’t that different, because you dilute a color source with water the same way to get a darker or lighter pigment.
“All of the practice of painting with blood comes naturally except the part where I have to stab myself over and over again to get it.”
While breaking his skin in this case is an expression of his own creativity, Midnight was keen to stress that the last thing he wants to do is promote self-harm.
He said: âI have had friends and relatives who struggle with self-harm over the years, and it can be a vicious cycle to enter this vicious cycle. I would discourage anyone from committing such acts.
“For me, it is a symbolic gesture that physically justifies the very moving experience of writing and recording this record. I was deeply depressed, even before the start of the pandemic.
âI had played music all my life but I strayed from it completely for years, until my partner bought a wooden xylophone for my birthday. I gave myself to the instrument, to the music, and that kissed me back and healed me.
“I wrote this record, in part, as an offering to the spirit that guided me through this time, and the blood used to paint these covers as an offering of a vital part of myself.”
For a preview of Prince Midnight in action, click here for his latest clip.