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From, September 4, 2013:

Paul is interviewed in this week’s NME, which is on the stands from today.

In the article Paul discusses the recording process and working with the four producers who helped put together his ‘New’ album; Paul Epworth, Ethan Johns, Giles Martin and Mark Ronson. The recording took around five months to complete over a period of eighteen months and included sessions in the producer’s own studios as well as Abbey Road and Paul’s Hog Hill Mill studio. The album has been mixed by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent. The article reveals the name of two of the tracks from the album; ‘Alligator’ and ‘Save Us’.

Paul McCartney has revealed that he finds David Bowie’s musical comeback this year “inspiring”. […]

“People are always wondering what he’s up to,” McCartney said of Bowie, speaking in this week’s NME, available digitally and on newsstands from today (September 4). “You hear David’s in New York not doing much, then there are reports in the papers about health scares and that he might not be doing anything again. And then he comes out with that… and it really is a good album, with such freshness, and yes, it is inspiring.”

However, McCartney also explained that ‘The Next Day’ didn’t inspire him directly when he was making his forthcoming album ‘New’, which is due out on October 14, because he had begun working on the album some time earlier. “By the time he’d released it I was a year into my album, so it wasn’t a factor. I’m just in a very positive mood,” McCartney said.

McCartney’s ‘New’ album features collaborations with four producers: Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence and the Machine), Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon) and Giles Martin, son of The Beatles producer George Martin. Explaining why he decided to make the album with a palette of different producers, McCartney said: “There was a reason to work with each of these guys. Their age, well, it’s good working with younger people, but really I don’t think about it. Age goes away once you’re in the studio.”

He added: “I don’t think people sit around with Leonard Cohen and behave differently with him because of it,” McCartney continued, “and it’s the same with me. I’m more interested in playing than thinking about it.”


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