Elton’s electronic ambition

Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John puts electronic music on in the mornings.

The legendary musician has collaborated with a number of acts in the past, including rock band Queens of the Stone Age.

He has a favorite kind of music, which he’d like to explore more with the help of other artists.

“I adore electronic music. I get up in the morning and put on electronic music,” he gushed to Clash magazine.

“I did a track with Timbaland. I hope to do something with Pharrell [Williams]. I’ve done a track with Bright Light Bright Light, a guy called Rod Thomas, and it’s brilliant. I like exploring other avenues.”

Pharrell’s son Rocket was rumored to be named after Elton’s hit Rocket Man and the 40-year-old has also expressed an interest in teaming up with Elton.

However, it looks like the 66-year-old could use a few lessons in electronic music before he signs up to anything.

“I don’t know how to record electronic music,” he admitted. “As a piano player I tend to overdo things, and electronic music is about simplicity. I had lunch with James Blake the other day, and listening to his album is so simple and beautiful.

“I would be tempted to do so much more, and he has the ability to be so minimalistic and I love it. They’re like paintings, not songs.”

Other collaborations included a turn with rapper Kanye West.

“Playing on the Kanye West record, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which is genius from start to finish, was a f**king honor. It was like: ‘Wow, I’m on this f**king record!’ And it was different. You can always learn,” Elton said.

“By pooh-poohing dance music, rap or anything, you just lose so much, because if you get into the studio with these guys you realize they’re onto something completely different to what you do.

“By you saying it’s rubbish it’s completely wrong, because what they do is something you don’t understand but it’s completely relevant and it’s very exciting.”

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