It must have felt quite liberating – but possibly slightly nerve-wracking – to be filmed by the BBC in your old street.

DA: We didn’t film outside my actual house. I’d been there quite a few times before we filmed, just to see it. It’s such a personal, strange thing to do…to just stand outside, trying not to get noticed by anyone. And then the day we were filming, the door opened, and I thought, “Oh God”… and this very elegant, conservatively-dressed Muslim girl in her mid-20s came out. And straightaway she went, “Hello Mr. Albarn”. And I went, “Oh!” She said, “I know you used to live here,” and I went, “How do you know that?” Then she told me that when she was a little girl, around 1995, another film crew came round and she remembered her Mum wouldn’t let them in. “And she won’t let you in now,” she said. [laughs] Which is understandable! Then at the end she went, “Good luck, I know you’ve got a new record coming out” – she knew everything, basically, about me. I thought that was really, really nice, so I said, “Give my love to the house”, and she said, “I will do.” In that little moment, I felt that connection with the house and the people in there…I was really pleased about that.

- Damon Albarn | The Quietus - March 31, 2014

What are the bad things about it [the internet]?

DA: For someone like me, there can be a tendency to be drawn towards more self-obsessive behaviour, because the online world is there all the time and it’s changing all the time. It’s also defined by all these strange kinds of numbers that somehow determine our sense of popularity or worth, which is really odd. I mean, it was always thus in a way, but now it’s so fucking insane.

I’ve come off Twitter quite a bit because of how depressing it feels to be on there sometimes.

DA: Well, exactly. Social networks are drugs. And I’ve never been on Twitter, I’m not on any social network. I think I’d go mad if I did that.

You wouldn’t like to notice how many followers you’ve lost or gained…

DA: Yeah, exactly. And what is that, what does that mean? No one of any worth can ever really compete with the more frivolous Twitterers, because if you’re saying something interesting or nuanced, it’s less likely that people are going to follow you. I mean, this is another thing which I think we’re in danger of creating…there’s the idea of the Internet as the great democratiser of everything, but it’s actually like a 24-hour kind of Big Brother dividing us all, endlessly, into sub-cultures and niches. It’s isolating.

- New Damon interview this morning from The Quietus 
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