>>3429870>That's what most people are complaining about, though - that it already is that
Believe me, it's worse if it comes from external forces rather than internal. I re-listened to the Cass interview yesterday, and he kept re-iterating was that the thing he loved about working on Gorillaz was the total creative freedom he was allowed. Gorillaz was great because the people behind it had a genuine passion for what they were doing. Getting angry and demanding it change back isn't going to re-invigorate that passion. It really can only make the problem worse.>>3429907
I really feels like they've just hired a social media manager who is working for a paycheck, whereas before they had a creative collaborator who was working on the project with them because he loved it as much as anyone. I would be genuinely shocked to learn if Ed Caruana has read RotO or listened to any of the past long-form interviews or radio shows. He just doesn't seem to understand who the characters are on more than the most shallow surface level.
As for why, I get a feeling that Damon and Jamie might have just wanted a completely fresh slate, so they might have been intentionally leaving behind the old guard as much as they could. Pretty shitty of them really, since these are their supposed friends and colleges that they are ghosting, but I'm sure in their mind the only true Gorillaz are them and possibly Remi.
I also wonder if Jamie might prefer the characters being more one-dimensional and the story being less lore-heavy than Cass made it. He keeps talking about and drawing Loony Toons, and they weren't exactly known for their character depth. Maybe having shallow gag characters has always been Jamie's vision for Gorillaz, even if it's not what the fans want from the project. Here is where I think it's appropriate to voice the fact that we enjoy character exploration and plot-driven narratives. That's a way to be constructive with criticism, rather than just focusing on the negative.