Are the songs on your debut some of your first songs?
”Actually, yes. There are many things that are 3 or 4 years old, as the last song Give It To The People. Owl with Doom is one of the last things that off came. And Fly. That is so bombastic. I never thought that I could make, but I am very proud of it. The first song Call Me Up is almost a conventional R & B number that I now could no longer be making. The contrast is even greater with the latest songs, with arpeggiated synths I listen to Jai Paul, that kind of music neon neon pyramids, that’s where I’m going,… future music “.
Your manager Trey Reames got you in touch with Damon Albarn?
”Trey is a connector. He has done many things with Danger Mouse and learned to know Damon. They like each other, but Damon doesn’t do something unless he really wants to. He connects his name alone somewhere only if he wholeheartedly supports it. With Bobby Womack he made such a great album. You have to have a lot of confidence to work with Womack. He [Damon] is also so calm, so confident in the studio… as soon as we finish a sound, we’re on to the next.
Damon is a sweet, good guy. I have also ate in his home and met his daughter Missy. It was a pleasure to get to know him. It was the first time I worked with someone. I had the idea that this could turn into a disastrous process, especially since I did everything myself. I didn’t want to expose myself. Then to work with someone like Damon is a gift from heaven. He wanted to sing one of the songs and so I let him choose. Eventually he chose exactly what I wanted [Damon sings on One Day]. He comes in as a ghost and goes away again as well. Very subtle.”