Paul McCartney announced his upcoming album Egypt Station on Wednesday (June 20), his first record in five years. Ahead of its September 7 release, McCartney released two singles from the album so far, “I Don’t Know” and “Come On To Me.”
The Beatle sat down with DIY Magazine for an interview published Wednesday (June 20), and talked everything from the record to his work with Kanye West.
See below for five things we learned from the article, and read the interview in its entirety here.
Ryan Tedder of One Republic produced a song on Egypt Station.
McCartney’s upcoming record is expected to have a slew of young producers credited, one of which is a surprising cameo from the One Republic front man. On how the two ended up working together on the cheekily titled “Fuh You,” the icon said he listened to a lot of songs Tedder worked on (particularly Beyonce’s “Halo’), and liked what he heard. The two then hopped on a phone call together: “He said, ‘What do you hope to get [out of this]?’. I was like, oh I don’t know. And then I thought, come on Paul, don’t be so shy. So I said, ‘A hit?’ And he was like ‘Yeah! Now you’re talking my language! The world loves a hit!’”
Working with Kanye was not what McCartney expected.
In 2015, McCartney teamed up with West and Rihanna to drop the smooth single, “FourFiveSeconds.” When the Beatle and the rapper met up in the studio to create the song, Paul was surprised at how different their songwriting processes were. “With him, it was much more made up as we went along – so much so that I didn’t even realise that I was making songs,” he said.
“I was tootling around on guitar, and Kanye spent a lot of time just looking at pictures of Kim on his computer. I’m thinking, are we ever gonna get around to writing?! But it turns out he was writing. That’s his muse.”
Speaking of Kanye, the legendary Beatle loved My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
While McCartney admits he’s not much of a hip-hop head, he mentioned a few albums that struck his fancy, including Ye’s 2010 record My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. “That was the record of his that I really envied,” he noted. Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne was also on the list, calling the two rap moguls’ music “urban poetry.”
McCartney has a 3-D printed version of his face in his house.
And he’s equally as weirded out by the idea as you are. “It’s a bit strange having this in here…” he said.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired the making of the new album.
“I remember going up to the studio a couple of times with Greg and saying, oh well I was listening to this programme last night and I thought on ‘Penny Lane’ it was just one piano that I played but it turns out it’s eight!” he said of looking through his old hits.
“We were goofing around on that, and it inspires you and makes you think you can go anywhere. It’s still gonna sound like a piano, but sonically you can play with it. ‘…Pepper’ was a big influence.”