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Damon Albarn says music needs to be more political as "selfie music isn't sustainable"


Damon Albarn has urged creatives to continue to make their music more political in order to give it a sense of meaning.

Albarn, who has been particularly vocal with his opinion on Brexit in recent months, also explained that his band Blur turned down the opportunity to put on a string of major concerts in celebration of the ‘Parklife’ 25th anniversary because of the Brexit fallout.

Now, sitting down with Gemma Cairney as part of her BBC 6 Music The Leisure Society programme, explained why Brexit “has been so depressing” and talked about his love for travel and the future of music. “On the surface, it makes sense to me to stay friends with your neighbours – that just seems like basic common sense,” he said. “On the broader picture, the licenses given to some of the really tragic ideas that people are harbouring at the moment, that is the tragedy of Brexit. It’s opened a Pandora’s box.”

The conversation then turned to the discussion of politics in music. Cairney, asked Albarn if politics is having a larger influence on the industry, he replied: “It needs to – it really, really needs to,” he added. “The selfie music is not sustainable. Have I made a selfie tune? I probably tried to but my innate obtuse nature prevented me from doing it properly.”

Elsewhere in the conversation Albarn detailed his love for travel: “Yeah it’s really important and I honestly feel that we could definitely tone down the extremist views people seem to behold at the moment if they weren’t so isolated in their own little bubble,” he said.

“The internet has given this weird access to everyone to feel like they’re informed and they connect with the world but they’re not physically going to the places. If you physically see the bigger picture, not just the harsh edit of what something is, and you see the human side of what it actually is, you have such a different view.”

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