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Damon Albarn says he’d "love to work" with Billie Eilish

24 February 2023, 12:52 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Damon Albarn has revealed to Zane Lowe during an Apple Music 1 interview that he'd "love to work" with Billie Eilish.

While speaking to Zane Lowe for Apple Music 1, Damon Albarn spoke about working with Stevie Nicks on the new Gorillaz album Cracker Island, Bad Bunny, Lou Reed and more, and also revealed he would "love to" collaborate with Billie Eilish.

Albarn said of Eilish, "I was just like, "fuck it. Let's do this." I really rate her, and I'd love to work with her at some point. We went out for lunch last time I was there. They said, "So what are you doing for the rest of the afternoon?" I said, "Well, I really fancy making some music." And everyone just looked away. So I was like, "Okay, I'll walk home then.” [laughing] I looked like a right doofus. Anyway, at some point I'm sure it'll happen."

He added of working with Stevie Nicks, "Her voice, I mean, she's just got one of those voices. As soon as you hear it it's like, I know who that is. And she did it, and then she went, "No, I haven't quite got that Stevie Nicks thing on it." So she went and added some really high harmonies on that bit, and the madness come and it hits that peak, which all her great flavour. I just got to get her to perform. She won't come and do Coachella, sadly."

Albarn also said of award shows, "I remember at the Brits when it came to the fourth award, and I just felt it was so inappropriate that we were winning everything. Because it's the first time I'd ever been to anything like that. I didn't understand that that's how it goes. If your flavour of the month, you win everything. Yeah, it's bullshit. It's just the whole awards are bullshhit, they're all fucking bullshit. Because they just don't represent really what's going on. And it's all to do with the people in the room who make the decisions and the politics and the economics and, nah, it's not fair. I don't think they're fair, ever. So, if something's not fair, it shouldn't exist."

Gorillaz's Cracker Island album is out now.

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