CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth has once again said that he has been talking with pop superstar Ed Sheeran about possible collaboration.
Sheeran has previously revealed that he is “not opposed to creating” death metal record.
“I was really into death metal as a kid,” he said in an interview with The Sun earlier this year. “I listened to CRADLE OF FILTH and SLIPKNOT and all that stuff. I’m not saying I could ever step into that world. I learnt all those riffs on guitar as a kid. That’s something I’ve never thought about doing — but something I would not be opposed to creating.”
Now, during an appearance on Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, Filth discussed the financial side of the band, while once again saying he’s been in touch with Ed Sheeran: “It’s good enough, yeah, absolutely. But obviously, it’s not about money at all. It would be contrived if it really was about that.
“And we have branched out. I’ve done some things with some strange bands — not ‘strange,’ but different from this, like with the 69 EYES, BRING ME THE HORIZON, and believe it or not, I’ve been in conversations with Ed Sheeran of all things about doing something.
“I love breaking convention, you know? I mean, it’s quite easy for me to do some guest vocals on another extreme metal outfit’s band, music, but I think the challenge and the combination of extremities is what I like, I think it really works. And that f*cks with people’s perceptions, and that’s what I think CRADLE OF FILTH‘s we’re all about, really.”
Dani previously told Kerrang: “I’ve actually been e-mailing with him… He actually touched base with me. I’ve been invited up to his place. Well, he said he could come down to mine, but I pointed out to him that I don’t own my own bar or village, and it’d be better if I went there. He said he’d do anything. Quite literally. He said he’s a massive fan. He seems like a genuinely very nice guy actually.”
Dani went on to say the prospect of collaborating with someone like Sheeran is not as far fetched as one might think. “We’ve always been like that,” he said. ‘If someone tells us not to do something, then we’ll do it. That’s been our prerogative the whole time. I did this rap song with this band called TWIZTID in America. It’s actually turned out more like RAMMSTEIN and BEASTIE BOYS than full-on rap.
“So, in that respect, I think it the Ed Sheeran collaboration would be great fun. I think it’d be great if we did it for charity, because at least it would bring a bit of credibility to it. Because obviously to his public, it’d be, like, Oh my god, he’s got this weird comical guy,’ and to my public it’d be, like, ‘Oh my god, this is a bit weird, isn’t it? But I think that sort of thing nowadays works.”