Damon Albarn on Going Solo: I Never Imagined It Was Something I’d Do

2014-02-25

Story by Cat Badra

Damon Albarn’s debut solo album, ‘Everyday Robots,’ drops on April 29

Damon Albarn is scheduled to release his much-anticipated debut solo album, “Everyday Robots,” on April 29. It’s somewhat surprising to see Albarn finally release a solo album, since he’s spent years making music in a variety of bands, including Blur, Gorillaz, the Good, the Bad & the Queen and more, and it seems like an off move to finally go out on his own.

“I just never imagined it was something I’d do,” Albarn told Rolling Stone when asked about the solo release. “Who doesn’t love playing in a band? … Maybe I was just subconsciously avoiding a solo album.”

Albarn’s vision changed about two years ago, when he was working on the album “The Bravest Man in the Universe,” a release for soul singer Bobby Womack that Albarn co-produced Richard Russell. “We wanted to keep exploring what we were doing,” Albarn said. “We had the inevitable conversation about starting a band. It was fun to come up with concepts and names, but one day he came in and said, ‘Look, if you ask me what I want to do, I want to produce you.’ And I went, ‘Alright, I suppose that means I’ve got to put it out under my own name.'”

While Albarn is looking forward to unleashing this solo set to the world, he’s not sure if he’ll continue to make solo albums, telling Rolling Stone, “It’s not a given that I’ve become a solo artist.”




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