Not only has Zeke Thomas delivered a new squiggly pop anthem for the weekend, it’s one of his most personal tracks to date.
The openly gay Open Format DJ and producer has teamed up with Le Art for new song Love Me Sober, which he’s released to coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Last year, Zeke bravely spoke openly for the first time about being sexually assaulted by a man he met on Grindr.
“We had chatted on Grindr, and I had invited him to come by my studio since he was a singer,” he told The Cut. “Nothing against Grindr. I’ve met great people on Grindr, I’ve had sex with great people on Grindr. I can’t blame an app. But you don’t know shit about people you meet on it.”
After agreeing to meet the guy for drink at a bar in a neighbourhood he was familiar with, Zeke says he remembers very little about the end of the night.
“All I remember is … getting in the cab. I know that I got drugged. I knew probably the moment that it happened because something didn’t taste right. But I didn’t think about it. I just didn’t think about it,” he said, adding that the next time he can recall is waking up. the next day.
“It was literally like with Bill Cosby. When those women were like: ‘I woke up and he was fixing me breakfast or whatever.’ I woke up and he was handing me a glass of water and saying, ‘That was great let’s hang out again.’”
He added: “My ass was destroyed. Destroyed. I’m bleeding. And I’m just like — terrified. I can’t move. I didn’t move from my apartment for two days. I didn’t move. I didn’t talk to anybody. I froze.”
Since sharing his story with the world last April – and raising awareness of male rape within the gay community – Zeke has earned himself a nomination at the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards in the Outstanding TV Journalism Segment.
Love Me Sober marks the first time the musician has spoken about the recovery process through his music.
“It’s a song and message about finding true love after surviving trauma,” Zeke explained. “My trauma stems from my sexual assault and rape experiences.
“The hard-hitting beat gives you an insight into the mind of a man seeking the support and authentic acceptance of his lover and someone to see him as more than just a survivor. I too, hope to find mine soon.”
As the son of NBA Hall of Fame player Isiah Thomas, the DJ and producer has built up a reputation for big house anthems on the club scene.
Having performed for numerous celebrities, from Lady Gaga and Cher, to Jay Z and Diana Ross, Zeke has gained quite the impressive following.
He’s been an official NBA All-Star DJ, and has performed on major US shows like Good Morning America and Fuse.