Damon Albarn has recently been on a bit of a tour for the new Gorillaz album, ‘Cracker Island’. The album has been received very well and many fans are very happy with the album. Albarn had a bit to say when he stopped into the studio with Radio X.
Collaborators on the album have been Stevie Nicks, Thundercat, Bad Bunny, Beck and Tame Impala. The album has reached the top of the UK charts.
As reported by Radio X – Albarn spoke up about this as he said: “I wouldn’t say I’m ambivalent about it, but it’s just a number isn’t it? I don’t think being number one proves your creative path is intact at all. There’s been a lot of bad number one albums, let’s be honest…”
Of course, Albarn has to keep his “woe is me” demeaner at all times and often plays a sad sack, but it hasn’t stopped his ventures at all. He is as creatively free as he can be and he credits part of this freedom with not owning a smartphone.
He said: “I’ve always valued my creative freedom above monetary gain. I don’t have a phone. A lot of autonomy comes out of not having a phone.”
Albarn admits that he’s never been particularly good at holding onto technology since his early Blur days and luckily he has a team helping him achieve life-admin while he focuses on music. He seems to have no plans to retire.
He added: “I just have to keep on producing music, because it’s the only way I’d stay afloat.”
Perhaps one of the most Damon Albarn things that he stated within this interview came when he said: “I’m a useless human being, but I’m okay at making music.”
Never change, Damon.