The Beatle gave the grime MC some songwriting advice! Stormzy has discussed the “incredible” piano lesson he received from Paul McCartney. The two artists were hanging out this summer. That’s after the Beatles star performei an intimate gig at London’s Abbey Road Studios.
During their chat, McCartney used a piano to give the grime MC some songwriting tips. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Stormzy described how the ad hoc lesson happened.
“I was just so compelled, in the presence of someone that great, to get advice — anything for my career an OG like him can give me,” he said. “But I know the stigma that comes with being a rapper, so I introduced myself as a songwriter: ‘Can you teach me something?’”
“He went to the piano, and I just thought, ‘Shut up, listen.’ What he taught me was incredible. He said, ‘Use these three chords, and make any song.’ I was, like, ‘Flipping heck!’”
McCartney had previously spoken to the Times about their musical meeting. Macca said that Stormzy was someone who was “looking to advance his music.”
“As a rapper, I thought he’d have words down, but there was a piano, so I showed him basic stuff – how you get middle C, make a chord, a triad and, just by moving that, get D minor, E minor, F, G, A minor, and how that’s enough for anyone.”
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