Placebo’s Stefan Olsdal: “The moments we shared with Bowie, the titbits of advice – they’ve all stuck with us. Having him work with us gave us confidence to keep going”

Placebo bassist Stefan Olsdal
(Image credit: Sergione Infuso / Corbis / Getty)

In 2022, says Placebo bassist Stefan Olsdal, making music includes using challenging and intriguing forms. The band’s eighth album, Never Let Me Go, had its genesis in 2019 – and Olsdal explains that bandmate Brian Molko came up with a fascinating concept for it.

“He came to me with the photograph that is now on the cover, and basically said, ‘Let’s take things, turn them on their head, and work backwards. Let’s start with the photo.’ It was a place to start again. Venturing into new horizons, starting a new chapter. 

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