Musician Jack White says he has by no means owned a cellular phone and thinks they're an 'habit'

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  • Jack White, guitarist and former singer for The White Stripes, lately mentioned in an interview that he is by no means owned a cellular phone.
  • In an interview with Channel four Information, a UK information channel, White mentioned he thinks it is “nonsense” that persons are unable to stroll down the road or be at concert events with out gazing their cell telephones.
  • White is one among a rising variety of musicians, together with Alicia Keys and The Lumineers, who has taken measures to make sure followers aren’t on their telephones throughout their concert events.
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Cell telephones could also be extra prolific at this time than folks, however that hasn’t stopped somebody as excessive profile as singer and guitarist Jack White from steering away from them. 

White doesn’t — and by no means has — owned a cellular phone, he mentioned in an interview this month with Channel four Information within the UK. Though White says he would not essentially assume he is a Luddite, he did admit that he is been “suspicious of know-how” since he entered the music trade within the 90s, when most individuals have been nonetheless utilizing tapes for recording and modifying.

“For somebody like me who is without doubt one of the few who would not personal a cellular phone, it is fairly humorous to stroll down the road and see everybody doing this,” White mentioned, making a movement of wanting down at a cellphone and texting. “If you cannot simply put that down for an hour and expertise life in an actual method — that is unhappy.”

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White is the lead singer for the Raconteurs, the band behind the hit “Regular as She Goes.” He additionally has a prolific solo profession, and used to move up the rock band The White Stripes — of “Seven Nation Military” fame — nevertheless it dissolved in 2011.

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Within the interview, White continued on to specific his distaste for cell telephones, calling them an “habit.” His dislike for them extends to the function they play throughout his concert events, when he is up on stage and sees the gang wanting down at their telephones or holding them as much as report the efficiency.

It is the rationale why White has basically banned cell telephones at his concert events. After years of discouraging followers from utilizing their cell telephones at his performances, White introduced in January 2018 that his gigs can be “phone-free.” When attendees stroll right into a Jack White present, they’re given particular pouches that may solely be unlocked in sure areas of venues. The pouches are unlocked on the finish of the present.

White is not the one artist who has taken such measures. The identical lockable pouches, made by a startup referred to as Yondr, are utilized by artists like Alicia Keys, The Lumineers, and Weapons N’ Roses.

“I assumed it was an enormous artwork mission at first simply to see if folks would assume it was humorous or cool or only a new expertise,” White mentioned within the Channel four interview. “To my shock and to everybody round us shock, everybody cherished it, and we have been doing it now for over a 12 months.”

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Watch the complete interview Jack White gave with the UK’s Channel four Information.

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