Damon Albarn has never shied away from his drug use.
Blur's catalogue contains numerous references to illicit chemicals, while in interviews the singer has always been open and frank.
Recently speaking to Q Magazine, Damon Albarn revealed how he felt heroin use has been 'creative'. "I hate talking about heroin because of my family. But, for me, it was incredibly creative" he said. "It freed me up… A combination of that and playing simple, beautiful, repetitive shit in Africa changed me completely as a musician. I somehow managed to break out of something with my voice. I can only say heroin was incredibly productive for me."
Causing an outcry, Damon Albarn reflected on his decision to be so open during a chat with Time Out. "I don't totally see it as a mistake. That's the point. It was part of me growing up. Look, I didn't go out and look for it," he explained. "I turned up at my house and there it was, made on the table. What should I have done? Leave my life and reject it or stay in my own house with my girlfriend and somehow assimilate it into my life?"
Damon Albarn's new album 'Everyday Robots' is set to be released on April 28th. Tracklisting:
1 Everyday Robots
3 Lonely Press Play
4 Mr. Tembo
6 The Selfish Giant
7 You and Me
8 Hollow Ponds
9 Seven High
10 Photographs (You Are Taking Now)
11 The History of a Cheating Heart
12 Heavy Seas of Love