The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne: ‘I’m addicted to my art and music’

The frontman also says that Yoko Ono is 'intense'

The Flaming Lips‘ frontman Wayne Coyne has said that he believes he is ‘addicted’ to his art and his music.

In an interview which will be broadcast on BBC 6 Music on July 8 from 12-1pm (BST), Coyne discusses key moments in the life of the band and his career, including how he feels he is ‘lucky’ that the pull of his creative endeavours is so strong, saying: “I believe I’m lucky that my mind is actually addicted to my art and my music. If I’m away for it for too long, I do have a reaction to it, a little bit like a drug addict.”

The hour long interview also sees Coyne discussing his love for Yoko Ono, who features on the track ‘Do It!’ on the band’s recently released collaborative album, ‘The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends’. Of Ono, Coyne says: “She’s intense, she still runs the world like she’s 35 years old, it’s her deal! I can say for sure, this idea about Yoko Ono being this entity, like she’s pure, it’s about love, it’s about music and being creative – it’s true!”

The album sees the band teaming up with a variety of other artists including Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Nick Cave, My Morning Jacket and Tame Impala. A limited number of vinyl releases, which came out for Record Store Day in April, contained the blood of some of the artists who had contributed to the record.

In addition, in the new interview, Coyne reveals how going to see The Who play live made him want to make music, explaining: “It felt like the arena was going to collapse because everyone was so into it, stomping their feet, everything was so loud. Seeing The Who, they embraced their audience, as if the audience’s energy was in the music. I walked out of The Who concert utterly changed. I want to play music now.”