Gorillaz virtual members will take over in the future

Gorillaz creator says technology could affect the project in the future.

Last night, two members of the virtual band Gorillaz, 2D and Murdoc Niccals, spoke to a BBC Radio host and to an online audience live for the first time.

It was a historic moment for the virtual band. Creator Damon Albarn says that they are planning on passing the project onto the virtual members themselves when technology allows the characters to make and perform music without them.

Blur‘s Damon Albarn formed Gorillaz with comic book artist Jamie Hewlett in 1998, with the band’s four animated members – 2D (lead vocals), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar), Noodle (guitar) and Russel Hobbs (drums) – serving as its digital avatars.

Now Albarn and Hewlett says they hope the future of the band will be led by artificial intelligence.“If it works well, then in 20 years’ time, there might be a completely holographic Glastonbury [festival].

Albarn also said that he hopes that Gorillaz will be replaced by holograms for all live shows in the future. “They’re not quite there yet – still!” he said. “I can’t f---ing believe it. I literally thought ‘This time around, it’ll be all holographic.’ But I’m waiting for that moment.

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