Jack White talks Prince’s guitar tips, solo with Zane Lowe
Jack White talks about getting guitar advice from Prince and gives Zane Lowe a behind-the-scenes tour of the Third Man vinyl pressing plant in Detroit in excerpts from a new Apple Music 1 interview. The full conversation will be premiere todayApril 6, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT.
In the interview, White said he was lucky enough to meet Prince once at a show featuring Zoë Kravitz and his ex-wife Karen Elson’s music project, the Citizens Band. After the concert started, someone bumped into White and told him that Prince was sitting behind them.
Eventually, White and Prince started talking, and the musician recalled, “The line he said to me was like, ‘Nobody’s gonna tell you how to play your guitar, Jack.’ And he talked about the James Bond song that I had just done. And he said, ‘I really like that.’ And I said, ‘Oh, that’s great. Because some people, it’s like making a song for star wars fans or something. You throw yourself into the sea of… It’s a very controversial track. And he goes, ‘Oh, I thought that was really strong.’ “
(Third Man, it should be noted, is planning to release Prince’s legendary unreleased album from 1986 Camille after obtaining permission from the late musician’s estate.)
White is currently gearing up for the release of her first of two new albums this year, fear of dawn, which will arrive on April 8 (while visiting Third Man’s pressing plant, Lowe had the chance to press and cut his own personal copy of the upcoming LP). White’s second album, Enter alive in paradisewill arrive in July, and together they mark his fourth and fifth solo efforts in the past decade.
While White had a prolific and steady solo career, he admitted to Lowe that being a solo artist always seemed strange to him, at least until it became clear that the White Stripes were ending. White said it was pretty clear to him around 2010 that he and Meg White wouldn’t be making records together for a while, and he initially refrained from making public comments about it in case they decide to get back together. But his thinking changed as he prepared to let go Blunderbuss in 2012.
“I had a feeling that maybe it would be healthier for her and me and for the fans… Because I’m about to put out a solo album and if I hear somebody say, ‘Well, why? didn’t you make a White Stripes? record? “Said White. “I don’t want to hear that. So that was one of the reasons for the health part.