Sakima Releases Justin Tranter-Inspired Track 'Death Is in the Air'

Anna Partington


Alternative pop singer Sakima released a new song Friday (Feb. 16) inspired by songwriter Justin Tranter. The track, "Death Is in the Air," was conceived when Sakima heard Tranter doing an interview on the And the Writer Is... podcast

"He talked about how especially since the AIDS pandemic of the '80s, in the music industry being gay is seen as death. I think he literally said 'gay is death,'" Sakima said in a statement to Billboard. "The way he articulated that summed up so much of my entire career as an artist battling against homophobia in the industry, and it totally shattered me. And then I had this flood of lyrics come to my brain and ended up making this song about being queer in the music industry, but also just day-to-day life as a queer person."

The song marks a clear change for Sakima, who is known for his sexually explicit lyrics. Check out "Death Is in the Air" below:


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