LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy says he isn’t working with Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Arcade Fire

Frontman won't be taking on production duties with either band, he reveals

Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy has denied reports that he will be working as the producer of forthcoming albums by Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Arcade Fire.

In August of this year, Murphy revealed that he wanted to collaborate with the New York trio and said that they were planning to work in the studio together. Speaking after the demise of his old band, he said: “I’m doing things that I would never have time to do, like go work on a couple of songs with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.”

In an interview with the Huffington Post, however, Murphy said that he would not be producing the band’s next studio LP. “I just did a little fun stuff,” he said. “Nothing really big; I don’t have time and they don’t have time.”

He added:

I think they’re done with their record now, I was just fussing around. I didn’t make their album. They’re just friends.

Murphy also responded to reports that he was set to collaborate with Arcade Fire, too, stating: “That’s not necessarily true. We don’t work like that. Because I work with friends, if I have time and they’re doing something and I’m on the East Coast, then we can do something. But also they don’t need a producer, in a way. They produce themselves.”

Yesterday (October 8), Murphy said that he wasn’t nostalgic for his days in LCD Soundystem and insisted he didn’t regret calling time on the band. In a video interview with NME.COM, which you can watch by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking, he said: “It doesn’t affect me. It’s pretty arbitrary. I made records in the studio and then wrote LCD Soundsystem [on them], and they’re LCD Soundsystem.

“I can go and make records and just not write LCD Soundsystem – it’s still me making a record, it just means it’s the end of that career band which becomes a bit of a self-moving train.”

Murphy is said to be working on writing a novel and has also expressed an interest in launching his own line of coffee. The LCD Soundsystem film Shut Up And Play The Hits was released on DVD yesterday (October 8).