I want to be a better person in every aspect. I really don't feel I've in anyway fulfilled my potential in every area of my life. But I'm optimistic.
Music is something that should speak for itself, straight from the heart. It took me a long time to understand that.
Being in Blur has allowed me to travel and hear the music that's being made all over the world.
It's not like my old self - I'm not in character anymore, I'm me. I'm not hiding behind that anymore.
The whole period has taught me that I enjoy being part of an ensemble rather than just a front man. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy that too, but I get more enjoyment out of really listening to everyone.
More and more, cultural groups are cross-pollinating, and we're getting much more interesting art as a result.
It always struck me that Africa was, in a strange way, a futuristic place and had elements and vibes and spirits that were going to inform the future. Africa Express is an attempt to engage that power outside Africa, and for everyone to benefit from it.
As soon as it sounds fine, I'm on to the next thing, man.
The things that make me happy most are my family and working.
The Gorillaz cartoons seem more real to me than the actual people on TV. Because at least you know that there's some intelligence behind the cartoons, and there's a lot of work that's gone into it, so it can't all be just a lie.
As a musician usually music is your way out.
If you don't see something as a career but as an important part of your life, you don't know how you're going to feel about it.
The cartoon is a metaphor really for the fact that it's almost impossible in our celebrity obsessed culture to move around genres and sort of change you ideas, change your face, you know?
I hope we can keep doing it this way - making music and art that are pure products of our influences while not really having to let the whole celebrity side of it get in the way. Then maybe more virtual bands will come out and do the same thing.
Whenever you're writing something that's reflective, you have to put yourself through some sort of ordeal just to understand the way you're feeling.
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