What's always been a question for us is: If we're breaking things down, how simple could they be? It seems to revolve around the number three--songwriting is storytelling, melody, and rhythm, those three components. If you break it down but you keep the three components, then you have what songwriting really is, without excess and overthinking.
It was really great. It's just a couple of rooms in an old warehouse that the owner and engineer, Liam Watson, rented out to set up his whole studio. It's very much like an English Beat studio from the '60s. Liam wears a white lab coat. It's not like an L.A. studio, where it's nicely carpeted and warm, with a cappuccino machine and video games between takes. It was freezing. I liked that, because it forced us to concentrate on what we were doing.
Jack White (on working at Toe Rag Studios)
I was mostly being a hermit. [laughs] Then I went on tour with some friends for a little while.
I've always kind of lived in my own world. Everything else outside me seems far, far away. 1W: When do I get a copy of the key to your world, Meg?
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