Elton John had his own struggles coming up in the music businesses but ultimately says he had it easy compared to artists today that can't get the same exposure. Now, he's trying to use his influence to elevate the musicians he loves including Grimes, James Blake, Lady Gaga and The Killers.
In an interview with the music discovery app Shazam, the British piano rocker said he plans to write and possibly record with Brandon Flowers of The Killers later on this year, as the ballad rock group prepares for its follow-up to 2012's Battle Born.
"I'm hoping to go to Vegas and write with Brandon for the new Killers record, and I'm leaving today," John said in the interview. "So that'll be interesting."
Flowers had previously told NME that The Killers are in the early stages of writing and that fans can hopefully expect a new record by the end of they year.
During the interview John also talked about his mindset for his latest LP Wonderful Crazy Night, released last week.
"There are a couple of ballads on the record but the rest of it is fairly up there with one of the most rock 'n' rollish records I've ever made," John told Shazam. "The next album might be really all miserable songs, I love writing miserable songs it's great, but this one I wanted to be happy because I feel happy. I'm in a really great place in my life: I have a great husband, I have two wonderful children and I have a great career, so I just wanted to voice that on the unsuspecting public."
John also detailed his work with Kanye West on "All of the Lights" for his seminal album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, recording vocal tracks a week before the album drops. It seems things don't change for much for the rapper who is still deciding on a name for his latest album set to come out this week.
Watch the interview below.