An unreleased demo of a song called "To Be Love" was recorded by the late performer David Bowie in 1970, and this week the artist's former producer, Ron de Strulle, has shared it with the world this week. In a new interview with The Huffington Post, de Strulle shares details behind the recording process of this song, which took place at LA's Roxbury Road Studios. Listen to the song and find out more about the gone-too-soon musician below.
In 1970, Bowie was hardly the act we all know so well these days. This demo song that he recorded at this legendary studio was one producers first glimpse at the talent that would become one of the most prolific artists in history.
"My first impression of David was that he was warm, open, friendly, and not looking for star treatment like most of the other artists who came to RR Studios. He was interested in the production process and excited about anything creative," the producer told The Huffington Post, according to Consequence of Sound. "He was blown away by the studio and very interested in how to get each sound. He loved John Lennon's vocal effects and George Martin's way of working with bands of sounds with different frequencies. David could pick up an instrument and play anything. He would say 'I never played this instrument before,' and then he would cut loose and play. Pure genius."
As the producer on the track, de Strulle owns the rights to "To Be Love." This week though, he's shared it with the world. You can download this unreleased song right now over at Mind Body Network right now!
We can't embed the song, but check out the title track of his final album, Blackstar, and its music video right here: