In a new interview with Dan Rather, Jack White discusses his relationship with Detroit, the difficulties of leaving town and the cynicism that led to his move to Nashville.
“It was very hard for me to move. I mean Detroit, I always imagined I was going to be there my whole life,” White tells Rather, in an excerpt from “The Big Interview” that was released Monday. “It always felt like my home, even as hard as it is to live there.”
White, who left Detroit for Nashville in 2005, goes on to talk about the cynicism he felt in the city after finding success with the White Stripes.
“When you’re in that kind of cynical environment, it’s hard for people to understand how to relate to (success), and it was definitely hard for me to understand how to relate back to everybody, because I didn’t really know what else I could do for them,” he says. “It became a whole thing where I’m thinking 90 percent of the time of what I could do for other people so they don’t have their feelings hurt.”
White says following the White Stripes’ breakthrough, he found it difficult to live in and create music in the city, which led to his move to Nashville.
The full interview is set to air at 8 p.m. Tuesday on AXS TV.