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Posted on Mar 28, 2014 09:03 am
Damon Albarn has said heroin was "incredibly creative" and helped to change him as a musician, NME reports.
The Blur and Gorillaz 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.
Paul McCartney wrote Sgt Pepper while on Cocaine essentially the whole time. John Lennon wrote a shitload of songs on heavy drugs too.
Take all your favorite records and toss them out then.
Me thinks you've never tried LSD
Although I totally agree that drugs are a terrible thing and people should work without them, when it comes to creativity it's another thing that stops you from judging yourself. I had a conversation with a songwriting friend who very occasionally does drugs, and he says it's a good way of closing off your insecurities and getting something finished. And I can see the point, after a glass or two of wine I tend to care less about what I'm writing, and go back to it the next day having a song I'm relatively happy with.
tl;dr, doing drugs/alcohol is a decent (occasional!) way of letting out whatever you need to let out on paper instead of being uptight with your ideas.
Most "creative" people end up struggling with some kind of mental addiction in their life. Whether it be a literal drug addiction, an addiction to another human, an addiction to coffee, an addiction to self portrayal (to just name a few). I used to be an addict and there is nothing but trouble and or death down that road if you never wake up and get clean. (Kurt Cobain, the Rev, Paul Gray, Bradly Nowell, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin). Most of these people had tried to quit, and a lot of their music reflects that struggle which is unlike any other. Getting Sober. It IS coming from their heart and music just might end up being the thing that SAVES their life (Like Damon says above-he hates talking about heroin because of his family). Stating that a person is not creative because they used drugs is kind of messed up-be thankful for the music you hear and recognize that most of it comes from human struggle with many different walks of life. Everything is not just black and white good sir, there is a spectrum of color in this world that is beautiful. So appreciate the music we have the privilege to enjoy, and the musicians that are still alive because they chose life over addiction. (Anthony Keidis, Johnny Cash, Phil Anselmo, Kings of Leon, JOHN FRUCIANTE!!!, Macklemore, Pentagram, Slug, Chris Cornell, BLACK SABBATH, ..) I could go on for days. I do not advocate drugs-but don't judge music based on how you view "creativity" because you will miss out on so much.
Wait, Johnny Cash is still alive? News to me.
'Why not?' I never imagined it would become a problem."
It's heroin you bellend, of course it'll become a problem.
i can't think of anything decent he has either written or sung so you wasted ur money on drugs you twat