Damon Albarn has revealed that he almost started a new band with his ‘Everyday Robots’ producer Richard Russell.
Speaking to Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6Music about the making of his solo album, Albarn said: “We first sort of played around with the idea of starting another band, but I think we both realised that’s an exhausting process, starting again. I mean, it’s fun, but you know, coming up with a name and all of that stuff…”.
In the end, Russell told Albarn that he wanted to produce a record for him instead. “At that point it occurred to me that that might be something that I should probably do, ‘cos i haven’t done it before.” The Blur frontman’s debut solo album is due for release on April 28.
Talking about the album, Albarn explained that the lyrics were “the hardest part”. He commented: “The lyrics were the hardest part. The music… leans towards my more melancholic, introspective soulful side, which is where I love to sing, but lyrically it took me a long time. I wanted it to be about my life, in a way, and I went right back to… it sort of starts in 1976.” He added that every song on the record is rooted in a real life experience, saying: “every line on this record happened”.
Damon Albarn will appear alongside Haim and The National at the first ever BBC Radio 6 Music Festival later this year. The event will run between February 28 – March 1 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. Metronomy, Drenge and James Blake have also been confirmed for the festival alongside Wild Beasts, Franz Ferdinand and Jagwar Ma in addition to Luke Sital Singh, Nick Mulvey, Jimi Goodwin, Midlake, Lykke Li, Outfit, Kelis, Kiran Leonard, The Horrors, The Staves and Jake Bugg. For more information, visit BBC.co.uk/6music.
Damon Albarn will also headline Latitude festival this summer.