The notoriously reclusive Jack White has granted a rare glimpse into the mind of “Rock & Roll’s Willy Wonka.” In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, White touches on a variety of topics and admits that he feels cheated by audiences who “can’t even clap” because they have a “fucking texting thing in their fucking hand, and probably a drink too.”
Jack White Talks Cellphones, Kanye West
The pursuit of the perfect photo/video/Facebook status has an undeniable impact on the atmosphere of a live show, especially for artists like White who feed off the crowd’s energy.
“Some musicians don’t care about this stuff, but I let the crowd tell me what to do. There’s no setlist. I’m not just saying the same things I said in Cleveland last night. If they can’t give me that energy back? Maybe I’m wasting my time,” said White.
Later in the interview, White reveals that he and Kanye West had expressed mutual interest in working together on West’s Yeezus, though the collaboration never came to fruition. He did take a moment to gush over West’s Yeezus tour.
“That might have been the greatest show I’ve seen in my life,” said White. “It was more punk, more in-your-face than anything I’ve seen.”
White will headline New York City’s Governors Ball on June 7. If you plan on attending, make sure to keep those phones in your damn pocket (or go see Skrillex instead).
Article by Jason Schellhardt