Nick Ingman Compares Paul McCartney To Jonny Greenwood From Radiohead

Nick Ingman joined Daniel S for an interview during which he revealed the similarities and differences between The Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

An influential name in the rock scene, Nick Ingman, works in the commercial music field as an arranger, composer, and conductor. He has collaborated with many artists throughout his career, including Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Björk, Oasis, David Bowie, and more.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Ingman continued working with the most influential acts of the era, such as Radiohead, David Bowie, Elton John, Eric Clapton, and Oasis. The album he worked on with Radiohead was the 1997 album ‘OK Computer,’ which became a major commercial success for the band.

During a recent interview, Daniel S asked Nick Ingman to compare Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and Paul McCartney’s musical approaches and personalities. As a response, Ingman said that he doesn’t know much about Greenwood, but he was very musical, which is the common trait he has with McCartney.

Following that, Ingman said McCartney was always the ultimate melody man who wrote old-fashioned and diatonic melodies. He then added that this is an element he doesn’t hear in Greenwood’s work as he hears a rock and punk vibe in them. According to Ingman, there isn’t a huge link between them, except they are both very talented musicians.

Daniel S asked Nick Ingman the following:

“You mentioned that Berkeley was great for contemporary pop music and such. Obviously, in the 90s, Radiohead was very much contemporary. You’ve worked with Paul McCartney, and you mentioned a little bit earlier that you would compare Jonny Greenwood to Paul McCartney. Knowing both of them personally, do they have similar musical approaches or personalities?”

Ingman then responded:

“You know, I only met Jonny Greenwood maybe four or five times. I couldn’t really give a concept to him. He was very musical, so that is certainly a common thread between them. McCartney is McCartney, you know. He is what he is: a huge talent. I don’t think there’s a comparison there.

I mean, McCartney has always been the ‘ultimate melody man,’ that’s in his soul: writing almost old-fashioned, diatonic melodies sort of influenced by his father. I don’t hear that in Jonny’s work, I hear a much more rock and punk vibe. I don’t think there is a huge link between them other than being very talented.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.