Not content with securing number one records with his own band, Arctic Monkeys drummer extraordinaire Matt Helders has turned his attention to helping out his friends.
Helders, who has had a busy few months touring his new album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, has seemingly been filling his spare time producing work comprised by Milburn’s very own Joe Carnall Jnr.
Carnall and Milburn, a band who earned local recognition before Arctic Monkeys had even formed, struggled to keep the pace of the Monkeys Alex Turner led juggernaut and eventually announced their decision to split in 2008 following the release of their second studio album These Are the Facts.
However, having now refound their love for creating music together, Milburn reformed in 2016 for their hugely popular reunion shows and have since released their third record Time.
For the Milburn frontman, Joe Carnall, the break away from music has seen him refreshed and raring to go. In a new interview with Exposed, he was talking about the new solo material he has been writing and recording this year. “Back in January I was halfway around the world for a month recording my debut solo record,” he explained. When pressed on more details, Carnall offered a not so subtle hint that it was, in fact, Helders who had produced the record: “For now I’ll just say that I made it with an old and very successful mate at his place. Some call him the Agile Beast,” he said.
“We had such a good time working together as we don’t get to see each other much these days. I’m really pleased with the result and it’s not what you’d expect. I can’t wait for next year already.”
Helders, who now lives in Los Angeles with his family, is well known to have the nickname ‘Agile Beast’. It’s believed the name came around after the drummer wrote the message on his kit with electrical tape.