Biography: BlackGummy began as the brainchild of Los Angeles-based electronic music producer Iman Marouf who discovered the entity called “BlackGummy” in 2013 during a trip to the Middle East and Asia, and instantly formed a unique and inseparable bond with the alien-like idol. In 2015, mau5trap discovered BlackGummy releasing his first original – “Lullaby” – on mau5trap’s We Are Friends Vol. 4 compilation, which Earmilk called a “can’t miss.”
In February 2016, mau5trap released BlackGummy’s debut EP titled “Singularity”, inspired by the concept of “technological singularity” – the idea that artificial intelligence will one day surpass human intelligence. Dancing Astronaut praised as the EP as “an intriguing artistic vision,” which “moves uninhibited from dark industrial to uplifting progressive, challenging the notion that producing one style necessitates ignoring the other.” Aside from the philosophical influence that was the basis for the EP’s title, BlackGummy counts deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Feed Me, Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, Knife Party, and System of the Down among his chief musical influences.
Following up with the unsettlingly cinematic “NeverDeader” on mau5trap’s We Are Friends Vol. 5 compilation, BlackGummy dropped the 2nd EP of his mau5trap trilogy, “Impactor”, which, “takes on the KT Extinction. You remember it as the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs and ultimately three-quarters of the Earth’s living beings. The asteroid caused a lot of death and destruction, but it also lead to evolution by the species that managed to survive,” he says. “It wasn’t just the asteroid that killed them, but also the effect the impact had on the Earths’ atmosphere, creating a condition in which only specific species could survive.”-Billboard
In January of 2017, he released “Superhuman”, his long-awaited collaboration with Colleen D’Agostino, best known for her performance on deadmau5’s platinum record, “Seeya”. They combined forces with an intense instrumental paired with an uplifting narrative inspired by experiences of the challenges that several of their close friends had to face. July of that year saw the release of “Monolith”, the final EP in the mau5trap trilogy which was hailed as a “spiritually nuanced, deeply perplexing, challenging and entrancing project,” and culminated in the Monolith Tour, which featured US Festival stops at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Middlelands, Electric Forrest, Electric Zoo, Escape Psycho Circus and more. His debut headline Mesophase Tour, began in February 2018 supported by mau5trap artists ATTLAS, Electrocado, Monstergetdown, Notaker and Rinzen, and makes 20 stops before ending in April.
Since the implicit convergence of the producer’s and idol’s identities into one amalgam, BlackGummy spends almost all of his time off-the-road locked away crafting new productions that attempt to lend a voice to the silent idol. He only withdraws from his studio in rare instances: first, to perform alongside the idol in nightclubs and music venues, and second, to search the four-corners of the Earth for more clues as to the idol’s origins. His fascination with the latter arose from a Latin inscription that lay emblazoned beside the idol when he first discovered it: “In perpetuum, salutem in omnibus locis; In omni loco, in omni tempore.”