Paul McCartney Says iPhone Demos Helped Him Create ‘McCartney III’


Paul McCartney admitted he's just like any other musician these days — he demos new material on his phone. In this month's "Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket" section of his official website (, the former-Beatle explained how modern technology played a part in creating his upcoming McCartney III collection: "Nowadays with iPhones, you put a little sketch of an idea or a little bit of a riff, maybe just two lines of a song, and think 'I’ll finish that later.' My phone is full of little sketches, some of which I pulled out during lockdown and thought ‘I’ve really got to finish these’. So, I did."

He went on to say, "I’m always on my iPhone, always putting ideas down. And the double-edged sword means it’s good because you can remember your ideas. But it’s bad because you don’t finish them. You’ve got to force yourself to come back and finish. Fortunately, I had an opportunity during this time to do just that."

Paul McCartney says that these days he doesn't think about his critics or his audience when writing, and only aims to please himself with his new material: ["I went through a period of writing for listeners, but I think that's a bad mistake, 'cause you don't really know who's listening anyway, and you tend to sort of write for critics or y'know, or what you think they're gonna want. I think that's a bad idea. I think you got to write for yourself, so that's the way I'm definitely writing now. So I make a point these days of satisfying myself first."] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . satisfying myself first)

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