In the May issue of GQ on the newsstands nationwide on April 29, Damon Albarn opens up about drug use and his new album.

At age 46, after a quarter century fronting wildly different bands, Brit-rock genius Damon Albarn is finally releasing a record as plain old Damon Albarn. It’s about technology, traffic jams, heartbreak, and heroin. He chats with GQ’s Zach Baron about the album which is like nothing he’s ever done before.

On his drug use Damon says “I used to go to work and take heroin in the studio and then stop when I came home. That’s why I say it’s five days a week and two days off, and that’s how I existed for several years.”

“I still like a night out, but I certainly don’t do heroin. I haven’t done that for a very long time.”

“Music is a compulsion with me. And God help me if I smoke any weed, I’m fucked—I’ll just make more music.”

Talking about the first Gorillaz record he continued “We probably wouldn’t have been able to create a record like that unless Jamie and I were, um, somewhat in our own worlds.”

Speaking on the Blur reunion he said “Doesn’t mean I won’t ever do it again, ’course not. But it doesn’t mean that I will, either.”