Aphex Twin: ‘If you’re like Madonna, then you’re properly mentally ill’

Electronic musician says he is only partially mentally ill, because he's not that famous

Aphex Twin has discussed a dispute he had with Kanye West in which he felt he was “stitched up” as well as describing musicians like Madonna as being “mentally ill”.

The issue stems from West’s use of Aphex Twin track ‘Avril 14th’, from 2001 album ‘Drukqs’ on his 2010 album ‘My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy’. After receiving a version of the song the rapper was using the sample on, the musician felt it was not good enough and “done really badly”.

Speaking in the new issue of Q, the musician, also known as Richard D. James, explained: “I felt like they tried to stitch me up. I said to my publisher, ‘Just don’t fucking give it to them'” However, the sample still made its way onto the album, featuring in ‘Blame Game’.

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James goes on to say that he had a theory about very famous musicians, describing them as “mentally ill” with insecurity issues. “I actually really like pop music but it’s all the other stuff that goes with it,” he says. “I think you have to be mentally ill to be really famous. I’m only partially mentally ill, because I’m semi-famous! But if you’re like Madonna, then you’re properly mentally ill, basically. Because you have to be. I have hung around with enough famous people to realise they’ve got a serious insecurity problem.”

Aphex Twin previously revealed his political beliefs are informed by watching YouTube documentaries, stating that he thinks the world is “totally fucked” and said he believes the September 11 attacks on New York were an “inside job.”