For more than a quarter century, Damon Albarn has built an astonishing career as a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer. Perhaps best known for his work as the frontman of the band Blur, as well as the principal songwriter for Gorillaz, Albarn recently released his debut solo album, Everyday Roots, an album he describes as his most personal yet.

In this all-new episode of Guitar Center Sessions on DIRECTV, Nic Harcourt sits down with Albarn to talk about how he got started, his rise to fame with Blur and Gorillaz, and the process of launching a solo career. Plus, watch exclusive performances from Albarn’s set in Austin, Texas—featuring material from his latest album, Everyday Robots, available now on iTunes.