Often described as the 21st century’s only true rock star, Jack White’s influence pretty much reverberates through every new rock album released – he’s most definitely earnt the right to a bit of an ego.
White, who’s recently released the highly experimental Boarding House Beach at the end of last month, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to discuss the recording process that ensued during the creation of the follow up to 2014’s Lazaretto.
Although adoring Jack White fans may be lapping up the return of their hero with the new album, White admitted that he can’t listen to the album anymore because he’s already been listening to it “for a year straight.”
He also opened up about taking in influence from outside sources, saying that he can’t listen to other people’s music during recording as he’ll be tempted to “emulate” it.
“You know, I can’t listen to other people’s music while I’m recording a record because I’ll start thinking about it or emulating it,” White explained.
“I don’t want to think about that world so I only listen to songs I’m working on when I work on a record. So now this [album] is out I can’t listen to it anymore, because I’ve just been listening to it for a year straight.”
During the chat with Fallon, White also spoke about his childhood days spent as an altar boy, Al Capone and potentially writing a book children’s book called ‘Anybody Can Be President’.
White has recently opened up about the use of phones at gigs, banning them as a “scientific experiment” to ensure his audience is engaged as thought they were at a “church or a symphony.”
“And I love the idea of rock concerts being punk as hell and there are no rules. I love that. But I don’t like the idea that I have no idea what to play next. And I need that. Because I’ve walked offstage before like, ‘Man, I don’t know what to do anymore. If this is how it’s going to be from now on, it’s going to be very difficult’.”