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" [What was it like working with Damon Albarn on ‘Valley’?] I've toured with Damon and have been a fan for years. It was definitely a highlight of my year getting to work with him. I think he's brilliant and it'd be great to make more music with him."

Beck on 4th March 2021 (source: Beck's Twitter).


Jamie Hewlett
" Just Finished Song Machine season one!!!!!!!
15 months of work! Might get drunk Woozy Face Emoji "

Jamie Hewlett on 18th December 2020 (source: Jamie's Instagram).

Jamie Hewlett
" I'm just finishing The Valley Of The Pagans with Beck. That is a strange one because he said he didn't want to do it at first. But I said, "I don't need much, we could do like a FaceTime and you could sing into your phone." Then I got all this footage he'd filmed himself with a green screen, dancing and jumping around, which was more than I wanted. I had to say, "That's great but I just want you doing it on FaceTime!""

Jamie Hewlett in October 2020 (source: The Sun).

Damon Albarn
" We had planned we'd fly to Atlanta and meet [Elton John] there, and that became impossible, but somehow we still found that spirit via Zoom. It's been an important lifeline for creative work. I've never worked like that, it's always been an in-the-room process, but it didn't seem to inhibit music in the end."

Damon Albarn in October 2020 (source: Sky News).

Elton John
" Here it is - 'The Pink Phantom'. Even working remotely (I was in London and he was in Devon), collaborating with Damon on this was such an engaging and creative process. I'm very, very happy this came about and I hope you enjoy the track."

Elton John on 1st October 2020 (source: Elton's Twitter).

Elton John
" The Gorillaz track I worked on is out tomorrow! I've always been a Gorillaz fan so when Damon reached out and asked me to get involved it was a no-brainer. The way the song turned out is just great - I can't wait for you to hear it."

Elton John on 30th September 2020 (source: Elton's Twitter).

Damon Albarn
" We did "Strange Timez" with Robert completely by e-mail. [...] What I gave Robert was something very vague. He completely and utterly made it what it is."

Damon Albarn on 9th September 2020 (source: BBC Radio 6 Music).

Peter Hook
" When Damon asked me to play on "Aries", I was incredibly nervous about it. He asked me to do it with him, which made me even more nervous! [Laughs.] But no, he was absolutely wonderful. He was great to be with. He was easy. The setup he's got there is amazing. The whole thing was not difficult, and came together really, really quickly in the odd way that some songs do and some songs don't. Literally I was out of the session in two hours. It was really easy to do."

Peter Hook in April 2020 (source: Consequence of Sound).

Damon Albarn
" We've got around six episodes in the bag."

Damon Albarn in early February 2020 (source: Beats 1).

Saiph Graves of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
" A lot of stuff is in the works right now. They [Gorillaz] space out how they work on records... It will be a while before the record comes out. But yeah, Hypnotic will be on there."

Saiph Graves of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, apparently in January 2020 (source: Gorillaz-Unofficial Fanzine).


Moonchild Sanelly
" Done! As in we have and it's coming!"

Moonchild Sanelly in late November 2019, replying to a fan's question about her collaboration with Gorillaz  (source: Moonchild Sanelly's Twitter).

" Be seeing you and the machine REAL soon."

Russel sends his greetings to Gorillaz from Mexico, September 2019 (source: Gorillaz' Facebook and Twitter).

Damon Albarn Unofficial
" According to the local news website Qui Como, Damon, Jamie, Fatoumata and Remi have been filming a music video for a new Gorillaz song recorded yesterday."

Damon Albarn Unofficial on 27th September 2019 (source: Damon Albarn Unofficial / Qui Como).

Fatoumata Diawara
" Today in the lake of Como with my brother Damon Albarn and @hewll!!"

Fatoumata Diawara on 27th September 2019, filming the video for "Désolé" in Italy (source: Fatoumata's Instagram).

Moonchild Sanelly
" They're finishing the album so Dancing Dancing Dancing"

Moonchild Sanelly on 10th September 2019 (source: Moonchild Sanelly's Twitter).

" Studio session with Gorillaz."

GuiltyBeatz on 18th July 2019 (source: GuiltyBeatz' Twitter).

Peven Everett
" Much more to come from Gorillaz."

Peven Everett on 8th August 2019 (source: Peven's Twitter).

Damon Albarn
" I just love the adventure of music every day. I mean this week - a week when I haven't done anything else - I've done a tune with Massive Attack, I've done a tune with Moonchild, I've done a tune with Joan As Police Woman. That's the way it goes. When I open the shop, anyone can come in - as long as they want to embrace the fundamentals of making music, which are an open spirit and a good ear."

Damon Albarn in July 2019 (source: Huck).


Joe Spurgeon of The Horrors
" When Gorillaz call you, you come. Joe playing Whitechapel bells at Damon Albarn's Studio 13."

The Horrors on 28th December 2018 (source: The Horrors' Instagram).

Damon Albarn
" I have another one [Gorillaz album] as well, but I know I'm not gonna be allowed to even think about recording or putting it out this year. [...] It's there. If I get the time, or if anyone wants it, it's there."

Damon Albarn on 16th August 2018 (source: FM4).

Many thanks to Damon Albarn Unofficial, Blur Mex and the folks of Gorillaz Reddit
for keeping us updated with the latest comments.

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