ai weiwei releases ‘dumbass’, his first heavy metal music video
the world’s favorite chinese dissident ai weiwei is back again with another creative artistic endeavor that will surely entertain the masses and poke at
his nation’s officials. we see the start of a trend, beginning with the release of his ‘gangnam style’ parody (see designboom’s coverage here)
followed by a cameo performance with renowned musician elton john, and now a heavy metal album and – as confirmed from the artist himself –
a second album focusing on softer-toned love songs.
updated from the original article on april 18,2013
in his first official music video the chinese artist teams up with his friend and rock musician zuoxiao zuzhou – who was also questioned
during ai’s disappearance – for the instrumentals, where ai takes charge of the lyrics and vocals. watch below to see the full version of ‘dumbass’.
‘I really loved it. I had to make so much effort; I have never known music before. I’m really very passionate. to tell you the truth, I never listened to music.
then, during my detention, the guards were so bored they kept saying to me, ‘can you sing a song?’ I felt so sad I couldn’t sing any except the revolutionary
ones we had to learn when we were growing up … it would have made the time seem much shorter. after I came out, I realised I had never really listened
to music or sung, so I decided to make an album. I know so many artists and musicians and they were really supportive.’
portrait of famed artist ai weiwei
at this point the album is being mixed and will be released after the chinese artist reconvenes with elton john for advice on the distribution and a
critique. as ai weiwei describes with regards to his experience with elton john:
‘I was impressed by his very warm heart and passion and the expression of the music, so that gave me a clear push for making my own album.
I will send it to him and ask his opinion. I haven’t asked him for advice – I will surprise him. the eclectic recording contains nine tracks.
some are like heavy metal, some are more punkish, and some are more pop.’
brian clarke’s poster published in the times supporting the release of the chinese artist
image © brian clarke