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July 2019
Solo Moves

Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders is having a think about his own solo album

“I think I’m getting to a point now in which the style has developed and what I want to do is more clear to me than it was before”
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Published: 10:42 pm, October 09, 2018Words: Jamie Muir. Photos: Sarah Louise Bennett.
Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders is having a think about his own solo album

With a schedule busier than a barman on New Year’s Eve, you’d forgive those Arctic Monkeys chaps for maybe not wanting to do much else right now than crack on with their world tour. Well, drummer Matt Helders has other ideas.

Speaking on podcast The Trap Set, Matt revealed that his own thoughts are currently abound about a potential solo album in the future, revealing that he “will do it, I'm just figuring out why”.

He explained that “I feel like I’ve got to do a certain amount before it’s deserved in way. I don’t want to do it too soon and then regret it, like ‘Oh, I shouldn’t have made that kind of record’. You know what I mean? I want to make a lot of music and then like, ‘Oh, that’s the thing I like about this’”. 

“I think I’m getting to a point now in which the style has developed and what I want to do is more clear to me than it was before”. 

Matt also talked about how the reasoning behind making a solo record was just as important to him, saying It’s like figuring out why as well. Like ‘Why do I even want to do that? Why do I want to make a record? What’s it for? I just like the process of creating it. Maybe it’s more because I’m not writing the lyrics, so it’s fine that I do that. When you’re writing a record and you’re putting yourself out there, a lot of people need a reason to want to hear a ‘message’ or ‘hear my opinion on this’”. 

Until then, he’s got plenty to keep himself busy. Arctic Monkeys are currently in the US rounding out a run of headline shows and festival appearances in support of latest album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’. The shows have been pretty ace, as we can attest after catching them recently at their huge O2 Arena shows in London.

Check out the full Matt Helders Trap Set podcast below

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