Radiohead's Ed O'Brien recording solo LP
- Bang Showbiz
- 10 October 2016
Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien has revealed he is releasing his debut solo album in 2017 and it is partly inspired by a trip to Brazil with his family
Radiohead star Ed O'Brien is releasing a solo album next year.
The 48-year-old guitarist is recording his first LP away from the band and he wants to indulge his inner rock god.
In an interview with UK radio station BBC 6 Music, he revealed: "We've attempted to do something like a full solo album - you know, stand there on the mountaintop with the hair going and the Les Paul and create a whole Ed O'Brien. I haven't up until two years ago but I am going to now. I'm gonna do one next year."
Ed first got the idea for the record while he was living in Brazil with his wife Susan Kobrin and their two children, son Salvador, 13, and daughter Oona, 10.
The family lived in the countryside of the South American nation and the simplicity of his life their inspired him to write the bulk of the songs that will feature on his solo album.
He shared: "It starts in Brazil ... the kids were born 2004 and 2006. And I said to the guys, in five years time, me and my wife are gonna go and live in Brazil for a year ... I was really aware that I'd had so many adventures with this band; I wanted to have an adventure with my family ... So we went to live in Brazil, in the middle of the Brazilian countryside, and we lived on a little farm in basically a hut. Life was really simple. The kids went to the local school. No one could speak English, so they picked it up, the language of play and stuff. And life was reduced to its simple parts. For me, it was music and my family. And I would go each day, walk up the hill to this beautiful little hut next to this lake, and I started writing. All I wanted to do was sit there and play guitar."
Ed also took a trip to Brazil's famous Rio Carnival and the joyful nature of the music that is played at the event had a "profound" effect on him and he wants to replicate that on his solo tracks.
Radiohead - fronted by Thom Yorke - released their latest album, 'A Moon Shaped Pool', in May.