Quotes by: Damon Albarn

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Damon Albarn
OBE
Albarn performing with Gorillaz at the Roskilde Festival in 2010
Background information
Born (1968-03-23) 23 March 1968 (age 48)
Whitechapel, London, England
Origin Aldham, Essex
Genres
Alternative rock britpop world electronic hip hop
Occupation(s)
Musician singer-songwriter composer record producer multi-instrumentalist
Instruments
Vocals piano keyboards guitar bass synthesizer melodica drums percussion ukulele
Years active 1988–present
Labels
Food SBK Virgin Parlophone EMI Warner Music XL Honest Jon's Warner Bros.
Associated acts
Blur Gorillaz Monkey: Journey to the West The Good, the Bad & the Queen Mali Music Rocket Juice & the Moon DRC Music Massive Attack
Website damonalbarnmusic.com

I was approached by Oxfam to go to Mali as their ambassador and get involved in their various initiatives out there. But I felt that was missing the point of using me, a musician.
Damon Albarn
I'm English, and I started off as a songwriter, so I can't really escape that - it's there.
Damon Albarn
The whole period has taught me that I enjoy being part of an ensemble rather than just a front man. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy that too, but I get more enjoyment out of really listening to everyone.
Damon Albarn
Being in Blur has allowed me to travel and hear the music that's being made all over the world.
Damon Albarn
The cartoon is a metaphor really for the fact that it's almost impossible in our celebrity obsessed culture to move around genres and sort of change you ideas, change your face, you know?
Damon Albarn
I'm not really one of those people who believes that if you're a musician you can just leave that behind and start getting into politics.
Damon Albarn
More and more, cultural groups are cross-pollinating, and we're getting much more interesting art as a result.
Damon Albarn
And there are no stars and that you're never really sure who's doing what and what voice is what and, you know what I mean? It's supposed to be quite elusive.
Damon Albarn
Trying to write music that's sensitive to 400 years ago takes a bit of madness, as it's such a long stretch of time.
Damon Albarn
I hope we can keep doing it this way - making music and art that are pure products of our influences while not really having to let the whole celebrity side of it get in the way. Then maybe more virtual bands will come out and do the same thing.
Damon Albarn
China is one of those vast, continental conglomerates that... I mean, if they were to start a tourist trade in China, they'd just bus people in from another province, you know what I mean? They're very self-contained.
Damon Albarn
It always struck me that Africa was, in a strange way, a futuristic place and had elements and vibes and spirits that were going to inform the future. Africa Express is an attempt to engage that power outside Africa, and for everyone to benefit from it.
Damon Albarn
I don't need to be a frontman all the time, and in fact, the older I get, the less of an urge it is inside me to play that role. I've still got it inside me, and I do occasionally allow it out.
Damon Albarn
The Gorillaz cartoons seem more real to me than the actual people on TV. Because at least you know that there's some intelligence behind the cartoons, and there's a lot of work that's gone into it, so it can't all be just a lie.
Damon Albarn
I want to be a better person in every aspect. I really don't feel I've in anyway fulfilled my potential in every area of my life. But I'm optimistic.
Damon Albarn
I like to go to Africa purely with something to do. I'm not very comfortable getting into an armor-plated Land Rover and going to see things, with my hand gel, you know, it's not me at all. So I like to hang out and you know, really get to know people and try and do something that resonates with them.
Damon Albarn
I'm not a monarchist. But I'm English. And I have an irrational emotion for my country.
Damon Albarn
Music is something that should speak for itself, straight from the heart. It took me a long time to understand that.
Damon Albarn
What you learn from working with other performers and musicians is invaluable, really, and can only help you grow. I mean, if you spend your whole life focusing on yourself, you're not really learning much.
Damon Albarn
I spent two years figuring out how I could turn it into something that would satisfy me as a musician but also make some kind of cross-cultural link. I feel that I kind of at least touched on the possibilities of cross-cultural music, but it is a lifetime's work, and I don't profess to be anything other than a novice at it.
Damon Albarn
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