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TV on the Radio's Sitek launches solo NEW YORK (Billboard) - When Dave Sitek is described as ambitious, it's in relation to the intricate production and instrumentation he employs with his primary band, indie fave TV on the Radio. But Sitek's true ambition, he reveals, is a little more ... blond.

"I was trying to make Madonna's first record," Sitek says, punctuating the statement with a giggle. "I was trying to make something that was clear and bright and fast-paced."

Widely considered a hipster king and a Brooklyn mover and shaker, despite the fact that he now lives in Los Angeles, Sitek says he brought his '80s influences to bear on his forthcoming solo project, "Maximum Balloon," out September 21 on Interscope.

"Nile Rodgers is one of my favorite producers," Sitek says of the man behind such albums as Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and Duran Duran's "Notorious." "I feel like people have a hard time taking the '80s stuff seriously because not enough time has passed, but one day we'll look back and realize how important it was."

Sitek chose to do the album as a solo project rather than working on the music with his TV on the Radio bandmates because he "didn't want to have to convince people or apologize for wanting to make clever use of synthesizers." But he does bring some of his friends along on the album, including Theophilus London, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TVOTR compatriots Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone. The album is definitely rooted in the decade of decadence, but it manages to avoid sounding like a retro covers project.

"We know who the audience is for this record," says Luke Wood, president of Interscope auxiliary DGC Records and chief strategy officer at Interscope Geffen A&M. "And it's not just TV on the Radio fans. It's anyone who likes Arcade Fire or Spoon or Hot Chip or any of the other bands in that orbit."

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:30
 
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"I've made it on an iPad," Damon Albarn has claimed. "I hope I'll be making the first record on an iPad," he continued, talking about the next Gorillaz album. "I'm going to try and put it out before Christmas."

In an interview with NME, Albarn said that he has been working on a follow-up to the cartoon group's Plastic Beach while on tour with the band. "I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I've made a completely different kind of record," he said.

"I hope I'll be making the first record [on an iPad]." he continued. "Which is ironic, being the sort of technophobe and Luddite that I am."

Albarn has been recording tracks for the new album while touring America with the Gorillaz. "It's a studio album made in hotel rooms across America," he added.

Listeners can expect to find an American influence on the record. The album is "more American-sounding than Blur," he commented. "It sounds like an English voice that has been put through a vocoder of America."

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