Ethan Johns (son of former Beatles, Stones, and Who producer Glyn Johns) discloses precious little information about his collaboration with Paul McCartney on his 16th solo studio LP, due out this fall. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Johns keeps tight lips, but does open up about his ‘remarkable’ time spent recording with the former-Beatle.
Johns reveals, “”I could have said, ‘Let’s spend the day making percussion loops with drum machines,’ and he would have been, ‘Great! Let’s do that!’ I don’t think he ever said ‘No,’ which is kind of the mark of who he is as an artist, really. He’s always up for trying something new.”
McCartney and Johns met at London’s AIR Studios early last year and began making music. Spark flew between the two while using vintage instruments to record the ballad “Hosannah” to tape. “It had an incredible feel – a really evocative piece of music, a very interesting lyric, and the performance was great. Then we started to experiment with it, and I put a bunch of psychedelic strangeness on it. You have fun. ‘Oh, try this! Do that!’ It’s just very inspiring to be around.”
Johns continued the one-on-one collaboration with McCartney at Abbey Road Studios and completed four potential tracks for the album. “It was revelatory for me, recording Paul in that space having listened to the sound of those Beatles records.”
The album’s title and release date are still a mystery, but we do know McCartney has cut other potential tracks with producers such as Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth (the man who made Adele), and Giles Martin (son of Beatles producer George Martin).