Damon Albarn Biography (Wikipedia)
Damon Albarn OBE (born 23 March 1968) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Blur and as the co-founder, lead vocalist, instrumentalist, and primary songwriter of the virtual band Gorillaz.
Raised in Leytonstone, East London, and around Colchester, Essex, Albarn attended the Stanway School, where he met guitarist Graham Coxon and formed Blur, releasing their debut album Leisure in 1991. After spending long periods touring the U.S., Albarn's songwriting became increasingly influenced by British bands from the 1960s. The result was the Blur albums Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995). All three albums received critical acclaim while Blur gained mass popularity in the UK, aided by a Britpop rivalry with Oasis. Subsequent albums such as Blur (1997), 13 (1999), and Think Tank (2003) incorporated influences from lo-fi, electronic and hip hop music.
Albarn formed the virtual band Gorillaz in 1998 with comic book artist Jamie Hewlett. Drawing influences from hip hop, dub, pop, trip hop, and world music, Gorillaz released their self-titled debut album in 2001 to worldwide success, spawning successful follow-ups Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach, The Fall (both released in 2010), Humanz (2017), and The Now Now (2018). Although Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor, Gorillaz albums typically feature collaborations from a range of artists. Gorillaz are cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most Successful Virtual Band".
- Matt Everitt chats to Damon Albarn in the Music News ahead of a new Gorillaz albumhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p068tp19.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p068tp19.jpg2018-06-01T08:24:00.000ZMatt Everitt chats to Damon Albarn ahead of a new Gorillaz album, The Now Now set for release on 29th June by Parlaphone Records - only a year since the band's last LP, Humanz.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p068t767
Matt Everitt chats to Damon Albarn in the Music News ahead of a new Gorillaz album
- Damon Albarn: "I'm following the Ed Sheeran model for the new Gorillaz album"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p068tk8l.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p068tk8l.jpg2018-05-31T18:30:00.000ZDamon chats about the surprise new Gorillaz album, including why he thinks it's 'woke'.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p068qn7m
Damon Albarn: "I'm following the Ed Sheeran model for the new Gorillaz album"
- Damon Albarn on the return of Gorillazhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04xx2hf.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04xx2hf.jpg2017-03-24T14:45:00.000ZDamon Albarn joins MistaJam to talk about the return of Gorillaz and their upcoming album 'Humanz'.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04xx0l1
Damon Albarn on the return of Gorillaz
- Blur Back in the Day: Graham and Damon in a classic 1996 interviewhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04t9q9y.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04t9q9y.jpg2017-02-18T11:59:00.000ZSteve Lamacq digs out a classic 1996 Evening Session interview with Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn of Blur to mark 20 years of the band's Blur album.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04t9qbr
Blur Back in the Day: Graham and Damon in a classic 1996 interview
- The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians with Damon Albarn & Guests - Glastonbury 2016 Highlightshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zbyly.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zbyly.jpg2016-07-26T22:59:00.000ZA truly unique Glastonbury moment with the Blur singer joined by a 90 piece orchestra and other special guests.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03zk6jb
The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians with Damon Albarn & Guests - Glastonbury 2016 Highlights
- Damon Albarn’s Syrian reconnectionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0403x6v.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0403x6v.jpg2016-07-01T14:52:00.000ZDamon Albarn describes his emotions on reconnecting with his Syrian musician friendshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0403xbj
Damon Albarn’s Syrian reconnection
- Kano feat. Damon Albarn - Feel Free (Later Archive 2007)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03r1tkb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03r1tkb.jpg2016-04-18T12:00:00.000ZKano and Damon Albarn perform Feel Free on Later... with Jools Holland in 2007.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03r1tkw
Kano feat. Damon Albarn - Feel Free (Later Archive 2007)
- Damon Albarn talks to Simon Mayohttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01ypz6k.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01ypz6k.jpg2014-05-08T10:20:00.000ZDamon Albarn joins Simon Mayo in the studio to talk about his latest album, Everyday Robots.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01ypz77
Damon Albarn talks to Simon Mayo
- Damon Albarn on Britpophttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01x5jw9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01x5jw9.jpg2014-04-10T09:07:00.000ZJo and Steve are joined by Damon Albarn for a chat about his amazing Britpop days.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01x5jwz
Damon Albarn on Britpop
Damon Albarn Tracks