Jack White Thinks Imitating Other Artists Can Contribute Creativity

Jack White recently appeared on Radio X to discuss his new album, ‘Fear of the Dawn.’ He stated during the interview that imitating other artists can sometimes be a good starting point in the creative process.

The singer announced in November 2021 that he would release two solo albums in 2022. ‘Fear of the Dawn,‘ which reflects White’s traditional rock sound, arrived on April 8, 2022. The other album, ‘Entering Heaven Alive,’ will be released on July 22, 2022, and feature folk sound. His last released album’s first single, ‘Taking Me Back,’ had dropped on October 18, 2021.

The second single, ‘Hi-De-Ho,’ arrived on March 3, 2022, and the last single, ‘What’s the Trick?’ was released on April 7, 2022. Music critics have praised the album for its experimental and innovative style. Jack White has been currently touring in support of his new album. His world tour started on April 8 in Detroit, Michigan, and will end on August 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. Besides North America, he will also have shows in the United Kingdom and Europe.

During a new conversation, Jack White reviewed the tracks in the album one by one and talked about his creative process. The singer explained that putting himself in the place of other musicians sometimes is a good starting point for him while creating something new as it gives a fresh perspective to look at that piece of work. Imitating other artists and thinking about how he would act if he were in their place opens new doors to enrich his works.

Jack White speaking on his creative process:

It’s nice to put yourself in a place. I remember Beck was telling me once about his album, ‘Midnite Vultures,’ which was my favorite Beck album. He wanted to say what he hoped he would hear in modern R&B and hip hop, what kind of things he would want to hear, some bizarre metaphors.

He was looking at it from his own angle of that, putting yourself in the place of some other singer or some other musician is a good place to be sometimes because you might imitate what would happen or if I was the guitar player in that band, what would I do. That can sometimes be a good jumping-off point for things like that when you’re creating.”

You can watch the full interview below.