White Stripes frontman Jack White has given a rare interview to discuss his upcoming third solo album. In the interview White opens up about his current recording process and declares that he would like to write ‘like Michael Jackson would write’.
Jack White is one of the most innovative songwriters the United States has ever produced. From his hugely successful career as one half of the White Stripes to his critically acclaimed side projects The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, White has become one of the loudest voices in the current rock n roll scene.
Over the last few years White has focussed his efforts on his solo career and has so far produced two influential solo records. His first solo album ‘Blunderbuss’ peaked at number one in both the US and UK, and was labelled one of the best records of 2012. Its successor 2014’s ‘Lazaretto’ also peaked at number one in the US, and was supported by the hit singles ‘Lazaretto’ and ‘Would You Fight For My Love?’.
White has become notoriously secretive in recent years; however, the singer recently opened up about his upcoming third solo record in a new interview with The New Yorker.
When asked about the recording process for his new album, White explained that he had been using an old reel to reel tape recorder that he had purchased at the age of 14, stating: “If I could just break my leg and be in the hospital for six weeks, what would it be like? Something about a room and a cot and a little space. You have nothing to do.”
Discussing his current attitudes towards songwriting, White revealed: “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.”