"In high school, there was this cool guy who I wanted the approval of. So I asked him, ‘What do you listen to, man?’ and he was like, ‘If you want to get real, son, you should listen to [Can’s] Tago Mago.’ So I listened to it when I was starting to smoke hash out of the window of my mum’s house and just started freaking out… in a bad way. I was thinking, ‘What the hell is this shit? This is a fucking nightmare.’ I wasn’t ready for it. I knew there was something there, though. It’s like drugs. When you’re trying a new drug, at first you’re like, ‘No way, this is going to fuck with my life.’ But something at the back of your mind is like, ‘Give it another try.’ So you go back and realize there was some subtlety to it that you missed the first time around."

Jamie Lidell talks about the music (and drugs) of his life in our latest 5-10-15-20 interview.



Listen to electro-soul shapeshifter Jamie Lidell’s riotous new single, "What a Shame", a Best New Track.

Listen to electro-soul shapeshifter Jamie Lidell’s riotous new single, "What a Shame", a Best New Track.