Johnny Marr interested in working with Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner

Smiths guitarist turned solo star is keen to collaborate with Zinner

Johnny Marr has revealed that he has already started work on his next solo album and that he might work with Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner in the future.

Marr, who released his debut solo effort ‘The Messenger’ earlier this year, spoke exclusively to NME and confirmed that he has already recorded tracks he thinks will make it onto the follow up to the album. Saying that he gets “bored and restless” when he is not working on music, the former Smiths guitarist said that he hopes to begin recording when he returns from a tour in spring next year.

Chatting about future plans, Marr says: “I’ve been asked to do a few soundtracks, so if the right one comes up I’ll do that, but mainly it’s a follow-up to ‘The Messenger’ that’s on my mind, so after the South American tour in the spring I’ll start recording.” He adds: “I’ve got four good songs already and I’m working on demos right now.”


Elaborating on his ideas involving collaborations, Marr continued: “I get so involved in whatever I’m doing and it would take away from the intensity of the solo stuff. I do invite people on my tour with me, so that takes care of the collaborative urge I have. Justin from The Vaccines played at the NME Awards, so I’d like him and Freddie to do something, Jordan from Howler, too. And I’ve been hanging out with Nick Zinner from Yeah Yeah Yeahs a lot lately, I love his guitar playing so I’d like to do something with him.”

Johnny Marr will tour the UK in October.

Johnny Marr will play:

Gloucester Guildhall (October 4)
Wrexham Central Station (5)
Newcastle O2 Academy (6)
Edinburgh Picture House (8)
Aberdeen Garage (9)
Dundee Fat Sams (10)
Manchester Academy 1 (12)
Leeds Metropolitan University (13)
Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (14)
Nottingham Rock City (16)
Bristol O2 Academy 1 (17)
London Roundhouse (18)

To check the availability of Johnny Marr tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.


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