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The making of Gorillaz' Humanz album - comments



Damon Albarn
" It was probably the hardest record I've ever made because it's based on principals of house music and hip-hop and funk and soul, which are not things I'm necessarily associated with."

Damon Albarn in March 2017 (source: Radio X)

" [Compared to "Hallelujah Money"] the rest of the album sounds completely different. Damon described it as "house". It's extremely fast/uptempo compared to "Hallelujah Money" and previous Gorillaz work."

A fan who met Damon at the Fufanu gig on 22nd February 2017 (source:  Gorillaz Reddit)

Mike Smith
" Week 3 of #prep and it's now #bandrehearsals for next 3 weeks."

Mike Smith on 13th February 2017 (source:  Mike's Twitter)

Mike Smith
" Lots to do for our drum engine room on the @gorillaz 2017 #day2programming."

Mike Smith preparing for Gorillaz live shows on 31st January 2017 (source:  Mike's Twitter)

" Time to go to work lads #gorillaz #learningsongz #wearestillhumanz"

Seye begins to rehearse for Gorillaz live shows on 31st January 2017 (source:  Seye's Instagram)

Jamie Hewlett
" Ow! First video is painful."

Jamie Hewlett working on "Saturnz Barz (Spirit House)" video on 25th January 2017 (source: Jamie's Instagram)

Emma de Caunes
" Dancing on a new Gorillaz song passionately."

Emma de Caunes on 17th January 2017 (source: Emma's Twitter)

Jamie Hewlett
" Making video!!!"

Jamie Hewlett on 12th January 2017 (source: Jamie's Instagram)



"  Soon

Noodle in late November 2016, replying to a fan's question "when will the music be ready?" (source: Noodle's Instagram)

Vic Mensa
" They still got it. Everything I heard was amazing and what I worked on is sick af."

Vic Mensa in November 2016 (source: HipHopHeads Reddit)

" No new music - the album's not finished yet."

Noodle commenting on rumours whether a new Gorillaz song will premiere in late October 2016 (source: Noodle's Instagram)

Damon Albarn
" Two weeks left of recording and the album's finished."

Damon Albarn in early October 2016 (source: Gorillaz Reddit)

Liam Bailey
" It's been an amazing few sessions. It's an honour to be in the studio with someone who's music I loved when I was younger. I find Damon is very inspiring to be around. Let's see what makes the final cut."

Liam Bailey in August 2016 (source: LeftLion)

" We actually sat down with Damon two weeks ago and he played us some of the new Gorillaz album, and it sounds amazing. He played us a track that he wants us to get off on his album so we got to get in the studio and put that down."

De La Soul's Posdnuos in August 2016 (source: The Guardian)

Damon Albarn
" Later in the year we'll [Damon and Mike Smith] be starting to get the whole Gorillaz thing together. I'm loving it and it's getting there. It should be ready fairly soon."

Damon Albarn on working with Mike Smith in July 2016 (source: BBC Radio 6 Music)

Jean-Michel Jarre
" What I will say is that I was very happy to work with such a great, great artist. He's such a unique, eclectic animal. To go from Blur to Chinese opera to Malian music and do them all so well takes a special talent. On top of that, he's also a really nice guy. If the collaboration comes to light - and you never know with these things - it will I think be quite special."

Jean-Michel Jarre in July 2016 (source: Hot Press)

" The album's got more of a suped-up Demon Days feel."

A student named Billy Garrat-John who heard some of the album demos (source: Billy's Twitter)



Damon Albarn
" I'm in the very early days on a new Gorillaz record. So far, it's really fast, and it's got quite a lot of energy. I've been stuck on piano, somewhere off Broadway, for years now. I want to go somewhere completely opposite of that."

Damon Albarn in October 2015 (source: Rolling Stone)

Jamie Hewlett
" It's going to change [visually] - I can't do what I've already done, that's not interesting to me. In the same way Damon changes with his music and moves forward, I do the same. It's going to be a different look."

Jamie Hewlett in October 2015 (source: NME.com)

Damon Albarn
" I'm starting recording in September for a new Gorillaz record. I've just been really, really busy so I haven't had a chance."

Damon Albarn in July 2015 (source: ABC (Australia))

Jamie Hewlett
" Yes, Gorillaz returns."

On 29th January 2015, Jamie Hewlett confirms that Phase 4 is going ahead (source: Jamie's Instagram)



Damon Albarn
" I've written quite a lot of songs on the road this week for Gorillaz. I find a lot of my material for Gorillaz comes when I'm in America. There's an affinity there with it."

Damon Albarn at Bonnaroo in June 2014 (source: Fuse)

Damon Albarn
" I'm determined that my next record will be very upbeat, and I will try to set myself the benchmark of 125 bpm and nothing underneath that."

Damon Albarn in April 2014 (source: Exclaim!)

Many thanks to All Eyes On Gorillaz and Damon Albarn Unofficial
for keeping us updated with the latest comments.

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