Damon Albarn says artists should have the option to perform during the pandemic
Damon Albarn has discussed his concern about the future of live music industry in a new interview. The Gorillaz and Blur singer has stated that he believes artists should be given the choice as to whether they want to perform or not during the pandemic.
Gorillaz, who have recently their latest album Song Machine which included a list of star-studded collaborations with the likes Elton John, St. Vincent, Beck and The Cure‘s Robert Smith, are unable to tour the record amid strict social distancing measures. Whilst speaking to Sky News about the album, Albarn stated: “If people are willing to perform, they should be allowed to. No one should be forced to do anything, but if people are willing then somehow we can make it work so everyone can feel comfortable and participate.”
Albarn then said about how he and Gorillaz are “lucky we’ve always had our virtual world.” Albarn also stated that he is worried about what the future holds for the rest of the industry who aren’t as fortunate, describing the pandemic as a “medical emergency but an existential one as well.”
He added: “You’ve got to allow music to continue. We are trying to preserve everyone’s health at the moment so passionately, we mustn’t ignore live music in that prescription.”
The Blur frontman also hit out at the UK government’s artist retraining media campaign and the Conservative Party on the whole: “It’s sadly something that has been in the DNA of all Conservative governments since Thatcher, the diminishing of the value of the arts, it’s very short-sighted and really goes against something I feel extremely proud of,” Albarn said. “Our British identity is our creative industries and our creative history.”
Meanwhile, in other online creative work for Albarn, the musician recently confirmed that Gorillaz has an agreement with Netflix to create a new animated movie for the streaming giant. In a recent report by Best of Netflix, Albarn was asked how he plans to expand the Song Machine project over time in a new interview with Chilean publication La Tercera and the singer’s response will surely delight Gorillaz fans all over the planet.
“I already have a song for the second season of Song Machine and I can’t wait to record it,” Alband noted to the newspaper. “But I have to slow down sometimes, otherwise Jamie (Hewlett) freaks out a bit (laughs). But yes, season two will be with you earlier than you imagine.”
“And then we have an agreement to make a movie with Netflix. I guess we will have to finish the second season and there will be time to finally be able to release the Gorillaz movie. I cross my fingers.”