The Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons quits touring to focus on academic work

Simons will remain committed to duo and will work on new album

The Chemical Brothers member Ed Simons has announced that he’ll no longer be touring as part of the electronic outfit.

Speaking to Bugged Out Weekender ahead of a Chemical Brothers DJ set at the festival in January, Simons said: “I have committed to academic pursuits over the last few years so I won’t be able to be part of the live show. It’s been a really difficult decision but it doesn’t work for me to be away from home for the periods of time touring requires.”

He continued: “The academic work I’m continuing with is too meaningful for me to break from right now. I’m really excited to see how the new show looks and on the plus side, one day I will get to see a Chemical Brothers show from the audience’s perspective.”

However, this does not mean that Chemical Brothers are splitting or will not appear together in the future. “We’re still very much together and making this [new] record together and DJing together. The touring just doesn’t fit alongside my academic work.”

The electronic musician also revealed that bandmate Tom Rowlands will be continuing to tour with the group’s long-term visual collaborator Adam Smith.

“I know Tom and Adam are working on a brand new look for the show,” he said. “It will be the same big production, with Adam’s amazing visuals and the studio set up on stage but I won’t be part of it.”

Simons also discussed what to expect from the next Chemical Brothers album, saying: “What we have so far for the album sounds incredible, far-out electronic music. We’re going to start mixing it really soon.”

The Chemical Brothers released their latest studio album ‘Further’ in 2010.