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Damon Albarn Biography

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Birth Name: Damon Albarn
Born: 1968/03/23
Birth Place: Colchester, England
Years Active: 1988 - present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Britpop

Damon Albarn (born March 23, 1968) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is best known for being the frontman of the Britpop/alternative rock band Blur as well as vocalist and principal songwriter of virtual band Gorillaz.

Raised in Leytonstone, East London and around Colchester, Essex, Albarn attended Stanway Comprehensive School, where he met Graham Coxon and eventually formed Blur whose debut album, “Leisure,” was released in 1991 to mixed reviews. After spending long periods of time touring the United States, Albarn's songwriting became increasingly influenced by British bands from the 1960s. The result of these influences came in the form of the Blur album’s “Modern Life Is Rubbish” in 1993, “Parklife” in 1994 and “The Great Escape” in 1995. All three albums received widespread critical acclaim while Blur gained mass popularity in the U.K., aided by a rivalry shared with Oasis. Subsequent albums contained influences from lo-fi, electronic and hip hop music.

In 1998, Albarn along with “Tank Girl” creator Jamie Hewlett, formed the “virtual band” Gorillaz. Drawing influences from hip hop, electronica, dub and alternative rock, the band released their self-titled debut album in 2001 which was hugely successful worldwide. Although Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor, Gorillaz albums feature many collaborations from a wide range of artists.

Other projects include working with African musicians in aid of the charity Oxfam, writing and performing lead vocals on The Good, the Bad & the Queen as part of an unnamed supergroup featuring Tony Allen, Paul Simonon and Simon Tong and composing film soundtracks. He has also ventured into the world of opera with “Dr Dee” and “Monkey: Journey to the West.”

Albarn's debut solo album “Everyday Robots” was released in April 2014. It was co-produced by XL Recordings CEO Richard Russell and Albarn and featured collaborations with Brian Eno and Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes).