Catching up with The Chemical Brothers' Ed Simons as the duo prepares new music for 2023

'Good electronic music can create a kind of magic in the air. A kind of abandonment and wildness, and I think that's the bit that we really tap into'
Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers
Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers Photo credit Bruno Vincent/Getty Images
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7X-GRAMMY-winning electronic music pioneers The Chemical Brothers, in the game since the early '90s, have returned with their first new single in two years ahead of their scheduled 2023 world tour and Coachella festival appearances.

LISTEN NOW: The Chemical Brothers' Ed Simons on 2023 plans

Back in 2021, The Chemical Brothers shared two fresh tracks -- “The Darkness That You Fear” and "Work Energy Principle" -- the duo’s first new singles since the release of their 2020 Best Dance/Electronic GRAMMY-winning album No Geography the year prior. Now, they're back at it again with the drop of their latest offering, "No Reason."

"We're about to, well at some stage this year, release our tenth studio album," one half of the duo, Ed Simons, tells Audacy host Christy Taylor at Seattle's 107.7 The End. "So, we've definitely been around for a while," he admits.

Looking at the ways electronic music has evolved over the years, Ed feels that "the essence of it hasn't really changed... good dance music, good electronic music can create a kind of magic in the air. A kind of abandonment and wildness, and I think that's the bit that we really tap into."

The duo will once again grace the Coachella stage this year, a return home of sorts as they performed some of the earliest installments of the long-running festival. "Particularly when we play live," Ed says, "there's a big visual aspect to what we're doing. Behind us, we have this huge, massive screen with these images that are conceived in collaboration with friends of ours. So, there is a thing where you're all looking at this and hopefully having different experiences... but this sort of collective thing is happening, and that involves getting completely taken somewhere else by the audio/visual impacts of it."

Simons adds, "We like to play really loud as well, you know."

The future is certainly looking bright for Chemical Brothers fans awaiting a new full-length release. "We're working right now on a new album... it's just kind of experimentation and doing what feels good, what feels exciting. We're currently in the studio, but the plan is some stage this year. There's a long year ahead."

Listen to Christy's full chat with The Chemical Brothers' Ed Simons above, and stay tuned for more conversations with your favorite artists right here on Audacy.

Piggybacking on their upcoming scheduled appearances at Coachella 2023 (April 14 + 21), and international headlining tour dates which you can see below, The Chemical Brothers will be making special stops at the Santa Barbara Bowl in California on April 16 and Seattle's WaMu Theatre on April 18. Tickets are available now via Live Nation.

The Chemical Brothers 2023 Tour Dates:

03/25 – Bogotá, CO @ Estereo Picnic
04/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
04/16 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
04/18 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theatre
04/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
5/20 – Mallorca, ES @ Mallorca Live Festival
06/02 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
06/09 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
06/17 – Newport, UK @ Isle Of Wight Festival
06/21 – Cork, IE @ Musgrave Park
06/29 – Seinäjoki, FI @ Provinssi Festival
07/06 – Bilbao, ES @ BBK Live
07/08 – Romano d’Ezzelino, IT @ AMA Music Festival
07/21 – Cluj, RO @ Electric Castle
07/23 – Lucca, IT @ Lucca Summer Festival
08/03 – Oxfordshire, UK @ Wilderness Festival
08/12 – Chorzów, PO @ FEST Festival 2023
08/18 – Charleville-Mézières, FR @ Le Cabaret Vert
08/26 – Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine
09/09 – Cardiff Bay, UK @ Alexandra Head

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