Cartoon drummer Russel Hobbs on forthcoming Gorillaz album: ‘What is coming will come’
Gorillaz sent the internet into a tizzy this month with the announcement that the virtual group’s forthcoming album is set for completion before the end of October. After five years of dormancy, the album, which is slated for a 2017 release, will mark the long-awaited beginning of Phase 4 of the band’s career. The release is rumored to feature collaborations with Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, Vic Mensa, Massive Attack, and electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre.
Russel Hobbs, the cartoon group’s drummer, spoke with Puss Puss Magazine about his hip-hop inspirations (Biggie, MF Doom, and Earl Sweartshirt), “sneakerhead” status (he recommends Filling Pieces and Casbia), and future plans for Gorillaz. When questioned about new music and future plans for the group, Hobbs proffered a characteristically cryptic response: “You can expect whatever you like. What is coming will come, whether you expect it or not. What’s important isn’t what’s happening next, but what’s happening right now. That’s all you can control.”
Read the full interview here.