When Richard D. James appeared on the scene as Aphex Twin with his debut Analogue Bubblebath EP in September 1991 he was an enigmatic presence. A couple of months later he released the follow up Analogue Bubblebath Vol 2 and it was a further trip into an original mind. He had been DJing in Cornwall and sharing cassettes of his own music with friends with no intention to release but having been talked it into it by Exeter record shop Mighty Force and seeing the light on an acid trip at a rave he became the Aphex Twin and this wonderful strange music started appearing that totally changed the landscape and possibilities of electronic music.
I interviewed him 3 times in that period visiting his new flat in London which was full of homemade keyboards. He was always fantastically mischievous with a headful of made-up stories and nothing like a dour digital professor. I’ve got some of these interviews on cassette somewhere and will get them online when they are finally located!
This interview is for Volume magazine in early 1992. This was a brilliant magazine built around a compilation CD that was groundbreaking and open-minded. (would like to dedicate this piece to the late Rob Deacon who ran the magazine along with Robin Gibson).