Damon Albarn says he wants to 'pass on' Gorillaz to somebody else

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24 Feb 2023, 16:47

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Damon Albarn has revealed he would want to "pass on" the baton of Gorillaz to another artist in the future.

Blur star Damon started the band alongside Jamie Hewlett all the way back in 1998.

He now says it would be "amazing" if the group carried on for years if he passed it on to someone else.

He said: “I’d like to pass it on to another guy who’s a cartoonist and a musician. That would be amazing.”

Fans don't need to worry just yet though as Damon is in the middle of promoting Gorillaz' eighth studio album.

Called 'Cracker Island', it feaures plenty of special guests.

One guest appearance very nearly didn't happen, as Damon confessed he originally thought Julian Casablancas from The Strokes should sing on 'Oil'.

However, producer Greg Kurstin suggested Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks instead.

Damon told The Sun: “Greg Kurstin instigated it.

“I originally had that tune down — believe it or not — for Julian Casablancas.

“But Greg asked, ‘Why don’t you try Stevie? I know her and I’m going to see her next week’.

“I said, ‘Be my guest, play it to her’. I didn’t think she would agree in a million years but she liked the subject matter.”

Another collaboration came along thanks to Damon's daughter Missy.

He learned about Bad Bunny thanks to his daughter's friend: “They grew up together and went to the Spanish school at the top of our road. So they’re attuned to Latin music and into reggaeton.”

He praised: “Bad Bunny’s the real deal. He’s got one of those annoying voices which is exactly right every time. So accurate and so consistent, it’s amazing.

“When I hear people like him, I think, ‘If I could sing like that, I would be the biggest artist in the world, but I can’t, so I’m not!’