Get excited: Jack White is officially working on new music
After what feels like years of silence, Jack White has given a rare interview in which he reveals new music is on its way.
The extensive New Yorker profile delves deep into his past, present and future, running through his life as a young teen, achieving fame with The White Stripes, founding Third Man Records and much more.
White is currently spending “several hours a day” writing new music in a rented Nashville apartment. He’s kept the process basic, using a reel-to-reel tape recorder he’s owned since he was 14, while the room is decorated with an American flag and photographs of Asian women, a Chinese soldier, Chimbu sing-sing dancers in New Guinea and more.
Speaking about his process, he said, “I’m going to try to write songs where I can’t be heard by the next-door neighbour. And I want to write like Michael Jackson would write—instead of writing parts on the instruments or humming melodies, you think of them. To do everything in my head and to do it in silence and use only one room.”
White’s never been a fan of cutting edge technology and the sentiment hasn’t changed. “With computers you can use three hundred and ten tracks if you want to, but it’s too much freedom. I always have my own rules, and I can bend them if I want. I can see the confines I’m working in, but nobody else knows I’m doing it.”
Elsewhere, he elaborated, “My feeling is, if you record a take, and it’s not good enough, erase it, until you find what you love. What people do on Pro Tools, they record fifty takes and fix it. They’re Auto-Tuning and throwing on the grid, so it’s all in time, and there’s no life left to it. We erase something, and it’s gone forever.”