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The Early Years

by Gravity Noir

Released 11/07/2016
Gravity Productions
Released 11/07/2016
Gravity Productions
These early 90's tracks by Gravity Noir are made available for fans for the very first time to download. Gravity Noir has been around for well over 25 years. They are still alive and kicking in 2016 with a fantastic brand new album "Handmade".
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In the early 80s with the rise of well loved play-back and sound-mix contests, Patrick Knight soon became known as the Belgian Boy George impersonator. Almost as famous as his idol, he often appeared in many radio & television shows and newspapers & magazines. His first debut single with the double A-side "I don’t love you anymore / Share my dreams" released in 1986 was sold out immediately. Melody and lyrics were by his hand, but with the lack of music theory the songs were elaborated by Ricky Travers. A year later, Patrick appeared on the album "Peter Vicking's 12 best sound-mixers" with the cover of Boy George’s "Everything I own."

In 1988 he started his own record store "UK BOY, The British Music Store" and recording studio "Jumping Man Records". It is during this period that his passion for music was given a boost. The release of his 2nd single "Time, Clock of the Heart, the 90's remix", again a Culture Club cover, did not have the success Patrick had hoped for. But soon this bitter pill was swallowed and overtaken by the British formation G.T.O. with the worldwide hit "Listen to the rhythm flow". This track had Patrick's voice run through a vocaliser to make him sound like a female singer.

Patrick has had his role as a singer & entertainer in different groups. His first experience was with "The World Wide Show Band," which he sang both backing and lead vocals. They were named best newcomers and provided the music for the ball of the lord mayor of Antwerp in 1989. At around the same time as G.T.O. the group "Gravity Noir" was first established. With musical genius Javier Rodriguez Iglesias (still known as DJ Linetech today) their first track "The final erection" was a fact. A light erotic techno & house record, unfortunately only released as a demo and never released on vinyl or CD. There was a brief collaboration with Bonzai Records, where Javier as a DJ belonged to. A group called Drag-a-long was then set up and recorded a demo at Bonzai called “Drag-a-long” with lyrics written by Patrick. That was the very first time that Patrick also began performing as a drag queen as "Miss Liberty". Gravity Noir Peter Goos became involved in the project. This yielded fantastic remixes of well-known hits such as "Black is black" by Los Bravos, "Enola Gay" by OMD and of course "Do you really wanna hurt me" by Culture Club. Peter Goos also wrote the music for "I've got the power" with lyrics from Patrick. This is the only song from Gravity Noir's early days which survived and still available at download stores worldwide. But released under his own name Patrick Knight. At one point Gravity Noir was renamed Basics, B6 and were preparing their selves to go on world tour with The Trammps as the supporting act. But unfortunately because of the groups split it did not come so far. With Basics (B6) only the track "8 inch or more" was recorded but again never officially released (lyrics by Patrick). They then choose to continue working with drag queens. Thus,"The Sisters of Divine Pleasure" were established. Mostly Gravity Noir repertoire was used for their gigs and shows. With Patrick as lead singer and well loved as "Titless Strangé" they had a lot of success. With a apogee in 2011 with 2 entirely sold out “Divine pleasure shows” and in 2012 bringing his show “Turkish delight” twice to Bodrum, Turkey. During that time and for the occasions Patrick specially recorded several cover songs, including songs from Amy Winehouse, Michael Bublé and even some from the soundtrack “Grease”.

It was not until September 2015 before Patrick was urged during a Culture Club concert in London by his best friend and British artist Andrew Williams to start writing his own music and new lyrics. Hence the title of the new "Gravity Noir” album" Handmade ". So Patrick Knight’s musical project and child “Gravity Noir” was once again brought to life. He’s happiness lies in being surrounded by artistically like-minded friends who are not driven by financially greed, but by sharing their passion together for art and their hobby. So does Andrew Williams, who creates the base for almost all sleeve designs and artwork for Gravity Noir. So does Javier Rodriguez Iglesias, who created the remixes for all new Gravity Noir songs. And so do the associations “Het GenOOtschap”,”Hoboken Explorers” and “Gidsenwerking Fort 8” who Patrick sometimes works with for making and creating music videos for Gravity Noir. Peter De Vos, cameraman and editor for the video's "Another dimension (Dementia) and "Mystery knight (Medieval Ter Apel)" & Simon Clarys, sound and light technician who is committed with full dedication to Gravity Noir video projects. Simon even took part as one of the angels in the video for "Giving up on music".

With the Gravity Noir single and accompanying video "Another dimension (Dementia)" they want to give the sensitive subject of dementia extra attention. With the initiative "Make a donation and receive a free download " they hope that the Alzheimer Liga Vlaanderen and Alzheimer's Society UK will receive as much donations as possible. This organization makes it possible for many people to find a way learning to live and cope with dementia. Patrick's mum and family have been affected by this terrible disease. So Patrick knows all too well what dementia means to him. In addition, Patrick has often been very lucky in his life. He survived as a 3 year old child falling from the 8th to the 6th floor in the apartment building where they lived. He survived electrocution when he was a lifeguard and fell into the pool with a faulty electric pool cleaner. When he had his ears pierced in England, he got infected by the hepatitis B virus. Doctors prognosis was that he would not reach the age of 40. Fortunately, with the proper treatment he was saved from that fate and since 2003 declared cured. As long Patrick can remember he always felt restricted with the problems he had during physical activities. Usually, these lead into collapse. During his childhood the fainting was always related to epilepsy. But this has never been proved. It now appears that Patrick suffers from various heart rhythm disorders and specific the perilous Brugada syndrome (Drop-dead-syndrome). Since the end of 2014, an internal cardiac defibrillator is his life preserver. Living with these arrhythmias is not always easy. Certainly not if you should avoid stress, heavy emotions and physical activities at all times. Talking about his mum and dementia is therefore not really easy and obvious for Patrick. That’s why he mainly tries to express his feelings in his music. And during this process of writing, the song "Another dimension (Dementia)" was created. All songs on the album "Handmade" are linked in some way to a life experience or occurrence of Patrick. It has become a wonderful accessible album for everyone to enjoy. Music where each of us will be able to find a small part of themselves. A musical experience full of inspiration. A musical journey, an adventure. Also, a part of the sales of the CD “Handmade” will be donated to the Alzheimer Liga Vlaanderen. For each CD sold, € 1 goes to the society. And 10 copies of the album will be put in as a price to be raffled among all those who made a donation to the Alzheimer Liga Vlaanderen.

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