"You change all the time. Everything changes you. But things that are shit don’t actually change you that much, apart from just getting on your nerves, because you’ve heard it all before. But when it’s something different, it actually will change you. That’s what I’m interested in. That’s the whole point."
Aphex Twin – The Revenge of the Mask
Suddenly he is there again, Aphex Twin. The grinning head amidst shaking breasts and bums. A hero from the time MTV still actually played music videos. Pioneer of electronic music. Popicon. Thirteen years after Drukqs he returns with Syro and makes an end to the radio silence. Only a few interviews are held. Oor has the luck of being the very first in line and talks with an open hearted Richard, who decided to take of his mask.
BY KOEN POOLMAN
THERE WE ARE, both ten years after the last decent interview. It was a very close call to have this secret meet-up even taking place. Richard missing the last train to the location in London almost resulted in a cancelled interview. Luckily there was still a sleep-train. What was lucky as well was that Richard could contain himself from not immediately returning home, because there were no power sockets on that train, and he wanted to make music. People got out for lesser reasons. Anyway, here he is across me in a restaurant of a hotel in London: Richard D. James, a few days after his 43rd s birthday, which he celebrated with friends in Cornwall.
"I like the idea of creating mystique because I think it’s more interesting,” says Anderson. “It’s that idea that questions are more interesting than answers. To me, it’s not a question of trying to keep it underground, that doesn’t come into it."