The Gorillaz co-creator, Damon Albarn “nearly” collaborated with popular singer Billie Eilish but says that never came into fruition. The Gorillaz co-creator invited the global pop sensation on stage at Coachella for a performance of Feel Good Inc. last year and has admitted he almost came close to making music with her.
Damon Albarn opens up on the matter
Asked whether the Bad Guy singer was meant to appear on Gorillaz’s latest album Cracker Island, Albarn told Radio X’s Dan O’Connell:
“Well, I mean. Yeah. I actually went out for lunch with her when I went to LA last time in January.
“At the end of the lunch, she said: ‘So what you doing this afternoon?’ And I quite sheepishly said, ‘Well, I’d quite like to make some music’… and then everyone sort of looked away and didn’t want to have a look at me, so that didn’t work out.”
“I mean she’s really wonderful and super talented and they’ve been a couple of occasions when we’ve nearly got it together to do something. I’d love to, obviously.”
Albarn also wishes to work with Kate Bush, who he’s previously described as “the Holy Grail” of collaborations. Quizzed on the soundbite, he doubled down, telling Radio X:
“She really is. The weird thing is she’s, kinda my neighbour in Devon.”
While Damon plucks up the courage to go Running Up That Hill between them and knock on her door, he’s always got an offer from Noel Gallagher in the bag. The former Oasis rocker previously featured on the band’s We Got The Power track with Jehnny Beth and recently spoke to Radio X about his relationship with his former Britpop rival.
“Me and him get on great,” Gallagher told Radio X. “I love his band. I know most of his band.
“The Gorillaz, it’s a cool thing to be involved with because you get to meet lots of really cool…I mean I met De La Soul at their gigs and Most Def and how he puts it all together is really quite incredible. You have a good time doing it.”
“If he needs me, I’ll sprinkle a bit of Northern magic for him.”