Damon Albarn has said he found it strange seeing his own name at the top of the Latitude Festival line-up.
Speaking to John Kennedy’s Xposure show on XFM last night (January 21), the Blur frontman, who will release his debut solo album ‘Everyday Robots’ on April 28, said he find the term “solo” “a bit weird”. Albarn will headline the Saturday night of Latitude Festival, which takes place between July 17-20.
“Someone showed me some flyer for Latitude and it’s got my name on it and that’s a bit weird as I’ve always been a part of something,” he said. “And I’m still part of something, but that something is Damon Albarn.”
“I do have a kind of problem with the term solo generally because it doesn’t mean anything does it? You don’t make a record entirely on your own. You can’t. I mean you can, but I don’t,” he continued. “This one’s no exception to that. Brian Eno’s singing on it, Natasha Khan – Bat for Lashes – and it’s produced by Richard Russell who also did a lot of the drum programming, well, all the drum programming, and contributed samples.”
Despite this, Albarn said the album is still a personal album. “Any record’s a collaboration. In this instance, yes, it is a very personal record and it’s got my name on it but, for me, I’ve always written the songs I’ve sung on. I don’t think it’s a big deal.”
Albarn said yesterday that he almost started a whole new band while working on the album, but then decided against it.
He was also yesterday announced as the headliner for the inaugural BBC Radio 6 Music Festival later this year. The event will run between February 28 – March 1 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester will also feature performances from a host of artists including Haim Metronomy, Drenge and James Blake.
Watch the video for the ‘Everyday Robots’ title track, directed by Aitor Throup, below: