has said heroin was "incredibly creative"
and helped to change him as a musician, NME
frontman began taking the drug at the height of Britpop during his relationship with Elastica
singer Justine Frischmann
, before stopping at the end of the 1990s."I hate talking about heroin because of my family,"
Albarn told Q
magazine. "But, for me, it was incredibly creative. 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."
Albarn went on to say that he gave up the drug with the aid of just two aspirin tablets, but added: "It turns you into a very isolated person. Ultimately, anything that you are truly dependent on is not good."
Explaining why he began taking the drug, Albarn – who also stated that he had regularly taken cocaine – said: "It's what I found going on in the front room
[when I was living with Justine]. The telly was on, so I just thought: 'Why not?' I never imagined it would become a problem."
During his addiction, Albarn didn't take heroin at weekends, saying he was "five days on, two days off."
He said this attitude has left him with a regimented approach to making music, working Monday-Friday office hours at his west London studio.
Albarn recently unveiled new song "Heavy Seas of Love
" from his debut solo album "Everyday Robots
," which is released on April 28. He follows the album with two shows in London and headlines Latitude
festival in July.