But what’s interesting is trying to define the blues and punk in different ways. AVC: It’s fascinating what you’ve been doing lately with your live bands, where you have an all-male band and an all-female band.When you performed with both bands at SXSW, there did seem to be certain qualities that each band brought to the table.So, I was sort of trained to think that putting myself out front was an egotistical move that would be frowned upon.
It’s very unique and inspiring because people are pushing from many different directions and playing with a lot of notions of preconception.
And the best part is, we’re all a big family that goes bowling together, eats breakfast, and plays old songs backstage.
Speaking broadly (and perhaps stereotypically), the female band sounded a bit warmer and more soulful, while the male band was more aggressive and super-charged.
Why you decided to create your bands this way, and what do you think about the qualities of male vs. JW: At that Texas show the problem I faced was that whatever band came second was going to probably get more electricity from me, because I try to aim upwards as the show progresses rather than mellow out.
You can’t steal an artist’s songs and also tell him he can’t license that music to a commercial.
Punk is an attitude, not a genre, age group, or time period.
I’ve written a lot of country songs I suppose, but they only became “country” after I mixed them and put them out there.
AVC: You recently said that you wanted to break up The White Stripes before making a solo record, because you didn’t want to go through the “dumb perception battle of people who couldn’t be broad-minded enough to understand the difference between Jack White and The White Stripes.” What, in your mind, is the difference between Jack White and The White Stripes, in terms of the music you’re making?
Jack White could hardly be accused of staying out of the public eye once The White Stripes fell into an extended hiatus after 2007’s Icky Thump.