Damon Albarn on Blur and drug addiction: ‘Heroin made me incredibly productive’
Blur musician describes how he felt the drug had changed him during his career
Few musicians look back at their pasts of hedonistic excess and claim that drugs made them anything other than incredibly bad at handling life.
Not so for former Blur frontman Damon Albarn.
Speaking openly about his past drug addiction in a rare interview moment, he actually described the period in his life as "incredibly productive", and detailed how he would regulate his heroin intake to "five days on and two days off" to maximise on creativity.
"[Heroin] freed me up," Albarn told Q magazine.
"I hate talking about this because of my daughter, my family. But, for me, it was incredibly creative...
"A combination of [heroin] and playing really simple, beautiful, repetitive s**t in Africa changed me completely as a musician. I found a sense of rhythm. I somehow managed to break out of something with my voice."
Albarn, who has long since been clean of drugs, began his relationship with heroin "at the height of Britpop" after he came home from tour one evening and casually found it in his front room.
"I just thought, 'Why not?' I never imagined it would become a problem."
He then recites a line from the track "You And Me" to the reporter, which is a song on his forthcoming solo album, Everyday Robots.
"Tin foil and a lighter, the ship across," he sung. "Five days on, two days off."
"I'm happy I found that poetry," Albarn went on to say. "I can move forward now without all the nudge nudge, wink wink innuendo I've had in the background for years."
Albarn has expressed a similar sentiment about his drug use in the past. However, despite the impact heroin had on his creative career, he is also extremely vocal about the dangers of addiction.
"It's a cruel, cruel thing," he said. "[Heroin] does turn you into a very isolated person and ultimately anything that you are truly dependent on is not good."
Damon Albarn’s Everyday Robots is out on 28 April 2014.
- 1 Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 Nineteen-year-old student left gifts for parents before taking her own life
- 4 Deliberately urinating before sex can increase risk of urinary tract infections
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
David Cameron says anyone criticising Eric Pickles' letter to Muslims 'really has a problem'
£6240 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Apprentices are required to join a privat...
£40000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: This is an exciting opportunity for a HR...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established organisation oper...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our Client has been the leader ...