Legendary musician Sir Elton John has heaped praise on his younger counterparts like Billie Eilish and Lorde.
During an appearance on Zane Lowe‘s show on Apple Music 1, John said that he considers his show, “Rocket Hour,” which recently completed 300 episodes, as an opportunity for him to get exposed to new music from young artists.
“What it’s brought me is it’s brought me into contact with so many great new artists who’ve become friends. It’s kept me so up to date with what’s going on. In fact, I think I look better now than I did six years ago when I started it,” he said. “So it’s like, good music makes you look younger.”
He also noted that he also feels inspired when he hears music by young artists, saying, “It’s wonderful because you think, ‘God, they’re 16 or 17 or 15 years of age. How do they do that?’ It keeps me animated and it keeps me so happy.”
John cited young artists like Lorde, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Channel Tres as a few of his favorites over the last few years.
“When I first heard the first thing I ever heard from Lorde, which was ‘Royals,’ I just thought it was unlike nothing I’d ever heard before,” he said. “It … just blew my mind. It was so simple and yet so moving. The same thing with Billie Eilish; it was like, when I hear her records, there’s nothing. The space and the feel of it.”
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