Damon Albarn


Damon Albarn is an English singer-songwriter and record producer who has been involved in many high profile projects, coming to prominence as the frontman and primary songwriter of Britpop band Blur. Albarn's current role is lead vocalist and songwriter of Gorillaz, whose first two studio albums had sold more than 20 million copies combined by 2007.… Read More

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In 1968, at the age of 6 months, Damon Albarn was a "testing expert" for designs for educational aids and toys for children including fiberglass furniture and play-structures fancifully called "The Kissmequiosk". "The Apollo Cumfycraft" and "The Tailendcharlie" produced by his father's company "Keith Albarn & Partners Ltd" under the trade-name of "Playlearn, Ltd." … Read More


1988 20 Years Old Albarn enrolled on a part-time music course at London's Goldsmiths College in 1988, claiming that his sole intention was to gain access to the student union bar. … Read More
1990 22 Years Old Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett first met in 1990 when Graham Coxon, a fan of Hewlett's work, asked him to interview Blur. … Read More
1991 23 Years Old Raised in Leytonstone, East London and around Colchester, Essex, Albarn attended the Stanway School, where he met Graham Coxon and eventually formed Blur, whose debut album Leisure was released in 1991 to mixed reviews. … Read More
1997 29 Years Old Nonetheless, Albarn and Hewlett started sharing a flat on Westbourne Grove in London in 1997. … Read More


1998 - 2000 2 More Events
2001 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Drawing influences from alternative rock, trip hop, hip hop, electronica, dub, reggae and pop music, the band released their self-titled debut album in 2001; it was hugely successful worldwide. … Read More
2002 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Damon's paternal grandfather Edward, an architect, had been a conscientious objector during the Second World War and was involved in a farming community in Lincolnshire, becoming a peace activist. In 2002 Edward Albarn died; Damon stated in an interview that Edward did not want to live any longer and decided to go on a hunger strike.
2003 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, Albarn released an EP called Democrazy, which was a compilation of demos he recorded in various hotel rooms during the United States portion of Think Tanks tour.


2010 42 Years Old More recently, on Massive Attack's 2010 Heligoland album, he sang on the track "Saturday Come Slow" and contributed keyboards to the track "Splitting the Atom". … Read More
2011 43 Years Old During September 2011, Albarn had confirmed he was working on solo studio album to be released under his own name, the concept of which is supposed to revolve around "empty club music".
2012 44 Years Old 1 More Event
…  That August, Blur headlined a show at Hyde Park for the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony which was followed by a world tour the very next year. … Read More
In a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Albarn announced that the solo record would be produced by Richard Russell of XL Recordings. … Read More
2014 46 Years Old 1 More Event
On 18 January 2014, the Warner Music Store was updated to include Albarn's solo album, Everyday Robots, set for a release date of 28 April 2014. … Read More
2015 47 Years Old Albarn wrote the music for an upcoming musical based on Alice in Wonderland called with Rufus Norris and Moira Buffini, which is set to officially premiere in the Manchester International Festival on 29 June 2015. … Read More
He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to music.
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