Monday, 2 April 2018

The First Time With... Damon Albarn

THE FIRST TIME WITH... DAMON ALBARN (320kbs-m4a/129mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 18th January 2018


Damon Albarn shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014.

Recorded at his west London studio, Damon talks through his musical journey, including some of his greatest successes with Blur and Gorillaz, but also some of the more esoteric and little known aspects of his work, including his film soundtrack work with Michael Nyman. Damon also recalls and the impact Terry Hall and (perhaps more surprisingly) Nik Kershaw had on his life.

He remembers the way that his first trip to Africa in 2000, in the wake of Blur's split, re-invigorated his passion for music, his close friendship with Afrobeat drumming legend Tony Allen and his first solo album. The interview reveals a fascinating journey through the life of one of the most innovative, eclectic and successful songwriters in popular music.

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots [Parlophone]
Pink Floyd - If
Cat Stephens - I Can't Keep It In
Edith Piaf - Unknown
Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Sun [Disky]
The Clash - Rock The Casbah [Epic]
Nik Kershaw - The Riddle [Spectrum]
Fun Boy Three & Bananarama - It Ain't What You Do... [Warner]
Blur - Sing [Food]
Damon Albarn - Closet Romantic
The Michael Nyman Orchestra - Boyd's Journey
Electric Wave Bureau - Colours
Gorillaz - Tomorrow Comes Today [Parlophone]
Gorillaz & Lou Reed - Some Kind Of Nature
Damon Albarn Feat. Afel Bocoum & Toumani Diabaté - Niger
Blur - Music Is My Radar
Tony Allen Feat. Damon Albarn & Ty - Every Season
Blur - Black Book

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