Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth On Collaborating With Ed Sheeran: “I’d Like To Say It’s A Marriage Made In Hell, But It’s Probably A Marriage Made In Heaven”

During an interview with Metal Injection, Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth discussed the band’s upcoming collaboration with Ed Sheeran. He says he would describe it at as “a marriage made in hell, but it’s probably a marriage made in heaven.”

Filth said the following:

“Well, aside from my contribution, everything’s done. The bass was the last thing to go on. Ed did his stuff before Christmas, laid down acoustic guitar and his vocals. It’s a collaborative single, but for charity, because we wanted to use the opportunity of working with one of the world’s biggest artists for a good cause really.

And we also didn’t want to give people cause to think that we were jumping on the bandwagon and trying to do it for our own benefit financially. And I think we’ve got a very good cause we wanted to donate to, he’s got a great cause he wants to donate to. And I think it would just garner more attention and seem less of a novelty if it’s something that is done for charity.

It’s not like an Ed Sheeran song, and it also doesn’t sound like a Cradle of Filth song. It’s got acoustic guitars, it’s got clean vocals, but it also has got a blast beat and unclean vocals and a very long scream of mine. So yes, I’d like to say it’s a marriage made in Hell, but it’s probably a marriage made in heaven, actually.

And hopefully, once I finish it, once it gets mixed, then it goes to his management and our management to decide how the thing’s going to be tackled. Because obviously you talk about two record companies here and it has to be scheduled in. All that guff that the musicians don’t usually get dealt with. So we’re hoping for a summer release. That would be perfect because it would definitely benefit the charities that we were doing it for.

I think opposites attract. I like a marriage of weirdness. I like people to go how the fuck would that work? What the hell? And the fact that Cradle of Filth and Ed Sheeran, when we found out that he’d grown up being a fan of the band and by a fucking hair breadth we hadn’t met in the past, we started getting in contact, and I’ve been emailing him on and off for about two years now. So we became sort of pen pal friends, and then the idea just came about. I think he just wants to expand his musical horizons so people don’t just think, ‘Oh, well, that’s Ed Sheeran. I know what he’s like, I imagine.’

I think this is a very bold move for him because, attributing himself with a band like Cradle of Filth could go either way. You know, people might go, ‘oh my God, what the fuck? This is the band that had a Jesus is a Cunt shirt!’ But at the same time I think it’s a very cool move for him.”

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