ARTIST DAVID BLANK RELEASED HIS THIRD SINGLE “I AM HERE”. THE NEW SONG IS PART OF HIS MUSIC PROJECT FOR FLUIDOSTUDIO THAT WILL PRODUCE DAVID’S FIRST EP “EXHALE” OUT IN MARCH 2021.
How much courage does it take to be able to yell out “I am here”, claim your own place, take everything you deserve by right? It takes quite a lot of courage, and David Blank, Afro-Italian songwriter and artist, Londoner by training, eyes always fixed on the wide-open world, knows it well: “throughout my life, I’ve always been a fighter, I never surrendered. I took the choice to chase my dreams, at the risk of keeping struggling”, says David Blank himself.
“I am Here” is the new single of David Blank’s new solo project curated by the independent music label FLUIDOSTUDIO, a track telling his thoughts about himself and the world around, thoughts that were only shyly expressed in his first single “Standing in Line”, more vivid and urgent in “Foreplay”, and now finally screamed loudly, “with pride I can scream I am here”.
Like the two first singles, “I am Here” is rooted in David’s personal story too, a story where the music immediately takes on an intimate, nearly spiritual, meaning. Already at the age of 5, David gets in touch with the music world, introduced by his father, a Nigerian preacher, into the church’s chorus, the Cherubim and Seraphim (Love Divine). The music then becomes ritual and sharing, but also a new expressive language for David to explore his own soul within the surrounding reality.
If “Standing in Line” is the exhortation to face our own deepest fears and insecurities, and “Foreplay” the first emancipation action from our self-judgments and those of the others, blocking us from being our true self, “I am Here” is the affirmation of a rediscovered love for who we truly are, without any fear of showing it to the whole world. It’s the celebration of the music as a lifeline, and a passion so ardent that it definitively tears down all the chains preventing us from listening to our own spirit.
“I want it all, done chasing dreams, now dreams chase me”, it’s the consecration of David Blank’s evolution as an artist, a long and challenging journey, where the music shows the direction to follow when it seems to be lost, the point to look at when David seems to forget who he is. In “I am Here”, the music becomes for David an identity so deep that cannot be held back any longer, that must be sung out loudly until it goes beyond the individual dimension itself, thus turning into a true empowering chorus for anyone who hears it.
David’s artistic and personal growth stands out from every single line of “I am Here”, just as from the intense pop sounds, which carry on the genre experimentation at the core of Blank’s new music project. The song’s spirit, bright and determined, perfectly merges with David’s songwriting style, which his soul and intimate voice manage to convey an intensely personal story through, once again.
The single was originally designed for an advertising campaign of David Blank for Calvin Klein, released in November 2020, with the shots of Lucas Possiede and the styling of Ivan Bontchev. The production was curated by ilromantico with the creative direction of Stefano Libertini Protopapa for FLUIDOSTUDIO.
The cover artwork is part of the photographic project developed for the first two singles, “Standing in Line” and “Foreplay”, whose design will in fact characterise David’s first EP “Exhale” out in March 2021.