Andy Nicholson, the original bass player of Arctic Monkeys, has detailed the emotional turmoil he suffered after taking the decision to leave the band.
Nicholson, who formed the Sheffield band alongside close friends Alex Turner, Matt Helders, and Jamie Cook in 2002, played a major role in the creation of Arctic Monkeys’ debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.
However, after deciding to take a three-week break from touring responsibilities, Nicholson was eventually permanently replaced by current bass player Nick O’Malley who was only initially included on a temporary basis.
“It was probably one of the few soul-destroying moments of my life,” Nicholson has no opened up in an interview with The Michael Anthony Show.
“I remember being in that room once they said [he’d been replaced] and I remember thinking, ‘Just try and be solid about this’. I remember I shook all three of their hands and said, ‘Good luck’. I still to this day don’t really know the full reason of what happened to me or why it happened,” the bass player added.
Since the Nicholson has remained a prominent figure of the local music scene in Sheffield while working as a DJ, record producer and, more recently, rebranding himself as ‘Goldteeth’ to release a solo album.
When Nicholson left Arctic Monkeys in 2006 none of the band members could have foreseen the meteoric rise the indie group would enjoy in such a short space of time. Reflecting on some of the darker moments in the immediate aftermath, Nicholson suggested that he had contemplated suicide in moments he was struggling to come to terms with life away from the band: “I was very close to not being here, do you know what I mean?” he admitted in the podcast. “And then managing to talk to people, and getting through it… time heals everything.”
Most specifically, Nicholson remembered the moment Arctic Monkeys headlined Glastonbury just one year after he left the band: “I do remember watching them headline Glastonbury  on television, and I was just sat at home on my own… just watching it. Just crying watching them headline. Can you imagine what that’s like?”
“They were at my wedding and I speak to them as much as I can,” he said, adding that “time healed a lot of wounds.”
Have a listen to the full podcast, below.