The rocker posted an apology on his website on Saturday.
“There are a lot of things that only people around me can know about or understand, but despite all of that I want to say this: I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get,” he wrote. “I hope the best for their record label Nonesuch who has such a proud history in music, and in their efforts to bring the Black Keys songs to the world.”
While addressing emails that were leaked last year in which the former White Stripes rocker called Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach “an a–hole,” White told the magazine that the band is “ripping off” his music.
“There are kids at school who dress like everybody else, because they don’t know what to do, and there are musicians like that, too,” he said. “I’ll hear TV commercials where the music’s ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it’s me. Half the time, it’s the Black Keys. The other half, it’s a sound-alike song because they couldn’t license one of mine. There’s a whole world that’s totally fine with the watered-down version of the original.”
In his apology, White said his comments were “just ‘shop talk’” that “sounded a lot more negative than it was meant to.”
“I decided to try to explain a tiny portion of what they were asking. But, they are the type of comments that are to be made to producers, engineers, and managers who thoroughly understand the behind-the-scenes of what we do all day long,” White wrote. “I should’ve been smarter to know that it would be pointless to use comparisons like I did to readers who most likely don’t understand the scenario and that my words would seem very negative in nature. That’s not me trying to sound like I’m above anyone.”
However, White didn’t retract the comments he made about Adele, who he insinuated shouldn’t be famous.
“Adele selling 20 million records? That would not have happened if Amy Winehouse was alive,” he told the mag during the same interview. “The White Stripes did the same thing, and in our absence, you’re gonna find someone to fill that. And you get a band like the Black Keys, who said they never heard of the White Stripes? Sure.”