Brussels is known as a creative centre and one of the most original, talented and driven people who lives and works there is Kristof Buntinx.
As a fashion designer, he is a unique, high-profile phenomenon. However, this multifaceted and artistic all-round creative has a lot more to offer. For example, Kristof shows that he adds value to the current social media landscape with his own YouTube channel. And when it comes to music, there’s no stopping him. His alter ego “The Singing Fashion Designer” released a second single on the eve of Armistice Day and scored a bull’s eye!
Blue Bubblegum boasts captivating and seductive lyrics to a catchy tune, which will take over your brain in a flash. Before you know it, you will be humming this little number.
But as in all of Kristof’s creations and projects there is an extra layer under the surface and an unmistakeable message. The Blue Bubblegum lyrics tell the story of a boy from the Bronx who after having stolen a stick of chewing gum, gets shot by the storeowner. The consequences are disastrous: the boy dies, the storeowner is prosecuted and the victim’s close family is left behind grieving.
Buntinx who wrote the lyrics himself, is a true story teller. He was able to describe this story so authentically and aptly that you visualise it as in a film. In his own words: “The lyrics came to me at some point and I wrote down the words in one go. To me Blue Bubblegum is a modern slave’s song. A negro spiritual, which I interpreted in a contemporary way together with my musical soul mates Goedele Van Kerkhoven and Joël Grignard. I am very pleased with the result as the song provides solace in addition to a topical message.”
With Blue Bubblegum Kristof Buntinx implores us to handle fire arms with extreme caution. “Did you know that more than 300 million rifles and pistols are in use in the trigger-happy United States and that an African American is 12 times more likely to be killed by a fire arm than a white person? This is truly mind-blowing! That is why I came out with this song on the eve of Armistice Day.”
Kristof Buntinx, or “The Singing Fashion Designer” as in his stage name, can be justifiably proud of this single. This number also comes with a striking and trendy video animation.
A brilliant song and an amazing clip, that is what Blue Bubblegum represents. A number that will undoubtedly stick for a long time.
View the clip here