His approach to making music is unlike that of any artist in any genre, but that's not to say he hasn't had a bevy of musicians look to him for inspiration. In fact, there are few more influential figures in the realm of electronic dance music.
Richard D James proved himself to be an anarchic music and technological genius very early on in life. He claimed that, when he was 11, he produced sound on a 1981 home computer system called a Sinclair ZX81. A huge feat, given the computer didn’t feature any sound hardware. He has continued to blow minds ever since, constructing otherworldly sounds and arrangements.
The J Files has spoken to journalists, classical music experts and some renowned and burgeoning electronic musicians to examine what it is that makes Aphex Twin such a unique and formidable artist. His music, his controversial, difficult and hilarious antics and the impact he has on those who hear his compositions are fascinating and unlike any other modern musical story.