Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders is working on a solo album, but musician admitted he wants to ''do a certain amount'' before he feels justified in turning it into an official release.
Arctic Monkeys star Matt Helders is working on a solo album.
The 32-year-old drummer and photographer has admitted he is nervous about the idea of making music on his own, and explained he wanted to ''do a certain amount'' before he feels justified in making it an official release.
During an appearance on podcast 'The Trap Set', he was asked if he had confidence'' around finishing the solo record and said: ''More and more I do, yeah.
''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.' ''
However, Matt revealed he is feeling more comfortable about his own ''style'', and that it has fallen into place.
While he's excited for the release, he also opened up about feeling like he's ''earned'' the right to become a solo artist.
He explained: ''I don't want to get caught out for cheating my way somewhere. I will do it. 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'. That's why I'm not that interested in the lyrics side of it yet. I want to make a lot of music and that sounds cool.''
While Matt has released six studio albums with Arctic Monkeys - most recently 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' in May this year - he also teamed up with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Dean Fertita on Iggy Pop's 2016 LP 'Post Pop Depression'.
Ahead of their upcoming tour, and prior to the release of their long awaited album, Smoke Fairies played a great warm-up gig at Elsewhere in Margate.