Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has credited Domino Records founder Laurence Bell for allowing the creative freedom that allowed the band succeed with AM.
The band originally signed to Domino in 2005 before their debut release, Whatever People Say I Am (2005), which went on to smash numerous records. They went on to release three more records before the deal came to an end: Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007), Humbug (2009) and Suck It and See (2011). For their 2013 release AM, the band decided to re-sign with Domino and ended up releasing the biggest selling album of Q3 last year.
"Sheffield primates put their success down to the creative freedom independent record label Domino allow them," Turner told the Daily Star. “Laurence Bell from Domino, who owns the company, was who came to sign us in the first place. He allowed us to try different things. It’s not a situation like you hear about with a label guy in the studio saying: ‘I was looking for this or that.”
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In the same interview, Turner also said that it was hard to play some of the older songs in the Arctic Monkeys catalogue. "Sometimes it's tough to get through one of the old ones live. You know, you don't feel like that anymore. When you tell the same joke 600 times, you won't hear what it is any more," he said.
Meanwhile after missing out on the 2013 Mercury Prize, the Arctic Monkeys are nominated for a whopping 8 NME Awards in numerous categories. The ceremony will take place on February 26 after numerous gigs leading up to the event.
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