Damon Albarn | Zoom 07-14
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Damon Albarn | #DamonAlbarn |
[1968-…], Whitechapel, Greater London, United Kingdom |
Damon Albarn is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.
Damon Albarn is the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Blur as well as co-founder, vocalist and principal songwriter and instrumentalist of the virtual band Gorillaz.
Raised in Leytonstone, East London and around Colchester, Essex, Albarn attended Stanway Comprehensive School, where he met Graham Coxon and eventually formed Blur whose debut album, Leisure, was released in 1991 to mixed reviews. After spending long periods of time touring the United States, Albarn’s songwriting became increasingly influenced by British bands from the 1960s. The result of these influences came in the form of Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995). All three albums received widespread critical acclaim while Blur gained mass popularity in the UK, aided by a rivalry shared with Oasis. Subsequent albums contained influences from lo-fi, electronic and hip hop music such as Blur (1997), 13 (1999), and Think Tank (2003).
In 1998, Albarn along with Tank Girl creator Jamie Hewlett formed the “virtual band” Gorillaz. Drawing influences from alternative rock, trip hop, hip hop, electronica, dub, reggae and pop music, the band released their self-titled debut album in 2001 which was hugely successful worldwide. Although Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor, the albums feature many collaborations from a wide range of artists. Gorillaz are cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Successful Virtual Band”.
Other projects include working with African musicians in aid of the charity Oxfam, writing and performing lead vocals on The Good, the Bad & the Queen as part of an unnamed supergroup featuring Tony Allen, Paul Simonon and Simon Tong and composing film soundtracks. He has also ventured into the world of opera with Dr Dee and Monkey: Journey to the West.
Albarn’s debut solo studio album Everyday Robots was released in his native United Kingdom in 2014 and featured collaborations with Brian Eno and Natasha Khan.
Nominations & Awards
– Nominee Best British Male Artist – Brit Awards 2015
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9 – Damon Albarn & The Child of Lov – One Day – 2014
8 – Damon Albarn – Heavy Seas of Love – 2014
7 – Damon Albarn – Mr Tembo – 2014
6 – Damon Albarn – Lonely Press Play – 2014
5 – Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots – 2014
4 – Damon Albarn – The Marvelous Dream – 2012
3 – Damon Albarn & The Black Ghosts – The Repetition Kills You – 2007
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