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Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders hints that a solo album is on the way

Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has today revealed that there is a solo record from him soon to be on the way to your ears. Although he did highlight that first he would need to start making a lot more music.

Having already been a part of side projects other than the behemoth train that is Arctic Monkeys, including working with Iggy Pop, QOTSA as well as his photography. It appears Matt Helders now wants to dip his toe into the solo stream.

He was speaking on the podcast The Trap Set when he opened up about his work away from the band and his concerns about going it alone. He was questioned about the ‘confidence’ surrounding finishing the album, he said “More and more I do, yeah. I feel like I’ve got to do a certain amount before it’s deserved in way. I don’t want to do it too soon and then regret it, like ‘Oh, I shouldn’t have made that kind of record’. You know what I mean? I want to make a lot of music and then like, ‘Oh, that’s the thing I like about this’.”

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He continued: “I think I’m getting to a point now in which the style has developed and what I want to do is more clear to me than it was before. “

Speaking on having to earn his stripes in the solo music world before he can put out a record Helders said “I don’t want to get caught out for cheating my way somewhere.

“I will do it. It’s like figuring out why as well. Like ‘Why do I even want to do that? Why do I want to make a record? What’s it for? I just like the process of creating it. Maybe it’s more because I’m not writing the lyrics, so it’s fine that I do that. When you’re writing a record and you’re putting yourself out there, a lot of people need a reason to want to hear a ‘message’ or ‘hear my opinion on this’.

“That’s why I’m not that interested in the lyrics side of it yet. I want to make a lot of music and that sounds cool. “

Last year saw Helders offer some new music in association with a Sheffield bar which can be seen below.