"In The White Stripes, it was impossible to share the good moments with Meg because she was very uninterested. If something nice happened, it wasn't like we would hug or have a drink. That wasn't what went on. We would record a White Stripes song in the studio and it would be me, Meg and an engineer. So we would finish a mix of a song and I'd say, 'Wow! That's pretty good!' I'd look around and Meg would just be sitting there, and the engineer would just be sitting there. So it'd be sorta like, 'OK... Let's just move on to the next one.' It was just me by myself. But it was the best thing for me. It taught me a lot about trusting my gut."
Friday, 7 December 2012
In general, when one layer is in harmony the other layers are in unison or octaves. This is because a chordal texture is full, and so too many harmonized sections would not only risk clashing but also risk becoming very murky and too thick.
Strength comes from dynamic markings and using more instruments to support an element, not by having every instrument do something different.
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Because I wanted a real band-- a group of people that became like a family that wrote and recorded and went on tour together, and evolved through those experiences. Nothing else would have done it for me. But we were replacing members for every other tour; I didn't feel like I had other people who were maturing along side me. I counted out the amount of people that were in the band over the years. It was 21-- a giant amount of people. That's feeling disappointed 21 times over.
Sunday, 2 December 2012
"The other day I really hadn't slept since last week's gig at Brixton Jamm, and I was coming home on the train. I fell asleep for an hour, woke up and didn't know who I was. I was completely devastated and I burst into tears. The train was parked up. Apparently I'd been shouting in my sleep as well, so they'd just left me. I knew I shouldn't be crying. The train manager said: 'What's the matter?' I told him straight: 'Look, I don't know who I am, I don't know where I am.' He said: 'You're Peter.' And I was going: 'No, no, I'm not.' Then bang, everything flooded back. I got my bag and ran off. But it was a really horrible feeling and I can imagine it in a few years just lasting longer and longer."