Jack White says he doesn’t realise how loud he is

Guitarist reveals how high his decibel levels go

Jack White has revealed that he has got so used to playing guitar at deafening levels that these days he doesn’t even realise he’s playing at such a high volume.

The The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather star told Rolling Stone that he only clicks when panicking sound engineers physically show him his decibel levels on a meter.

“I need to feel it [volume],” he said. “I’ve gone through things where I go onstage and the sound guy at soundcheck comes over and he’ll hold the decibel meter and show it to me while we’re playing — and it’s 127 decibels.”


White admitted that his technique might not be the healthiest method of playing in terms of his hearing. “That’s not good,” he said. “And I can’t even tell. If it’s not right there, it feels wimpy, it feels uninspiring.”

The frontman appears in a new guitar documentary, ‘It Might Get Loud’, which also features Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page and U2‘s The Edge.

The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this month. Watch the trailer by clicking on the video below.


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