Damon Albarn: ‘It’s not a given that I’ve become a solo artist’

Blur singer talks 'Everyday Robots' album

Damon Albarn has said that it’s “not a given” he has now become a solo artist, despite the imminent release of his debut LP ‘Everyday Robots’.

The Blur singer is set to release his first solo album on April 28 but, in an interview with Rolling Stone, he said he had never thought he would put out an album under his own name.

“I just never imagined it was something I’d do,” he said. “Who doesn’t love playing in a band? It’s fucking brilliant. The best. Maybe I was just subconsciously avoiding a solo album.”

He went on to add: “I’ve always made music. This one just has my name on it. You could say that I’m embarking on a new stage in my life, but really I could turn around next time and do something else. So it’s not a given that I’ve become a solo artist.”

Speaking about working with XL Recordings boss Richard Russell on the LP, meanwhile, Albarn said: “In an ironic way, it’s sort of the most collaborative record I’ve ever done when it comes to songwriting. Some of the songs just came from the two of us experimenting in the studio.”

Damon Albarn will play a number of intimate London shows to launch his solo debut, at the Rivioli Ballroom in Crofton Park on April 30, followed by a show at the People’s Palace in Mile End on May 1.

Albarn will be honoured with the NME Award For Innovation at this year’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas. The Blur frontman will pick up the award in person on Wednesday, February 26 at the O2 Academy, Brixton. The award recognises the singer, songwriter, producer and composer as one of the UK’s most influential and consistently groundbreaking musicians. The NME Award For Innovation not only recognises Albarn’s past, but equally celebrates him as one of the world’s leading music heavyweights in 2014.