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Stormzy on getting a piano lesson from Paul McCartney: 'What he taught me was incredible'

The Independent logo The Independent 29/10/2018 Roisin O'Connor
a man wearing a white shirt © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Stormzy has revealed what it was like getting a piano lesson from Sir Paul McCartney. 

The British grime star met the Beatles icon after an intimate show McCartney played at Abbey Road, where Stormzy apparently sought advice to help advance the sound of his music.

“He’s (Stormzy) looking to advance his music,” Paul told The Sunday Times in September. “As a rapper, I thought he’d have words down, but there was a piano, so I showed him basic stuff – how you get middle C, make a chord, a triad and, just by moving that, get D minor, E minor, F, G, A minor, and how that’s enough for anyone.”

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“I was just so compelled, in the presence of someone that great, to get advice — anything for my career an OG [original gangster] like him can give me,” Stormzy told the publication, in a new interview. “But I know the stigma that comes with being a rapper, so I introduced myself as a songwriter: ‘Can you teach me something?’

Stormzy performs at the Brit Awards 2018 in London, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP) © Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP Stormzy performs at the Brit Awards 2018 in London, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP) "He went to the piano, and I just thought, ‘Shut up, listen.’ What he taught me was incredible. He said, ‘Use these three chords, and make any song.’ I was, like, ‘Flipping heck!’”

Stormzy is about to release his autobiography, Rise Up, which is being published by Penguin Books on 1 November.

"In four years Stormzy has risen from one of the most promising musicians of his generation to a spokesperson for a generation," the synopsis reads. "Rise Up is the story of how he got there. It’s a story about faith and the ideas worth fighting for. It’s about knowing where you’re from, and where you’re going. It’s about following your dreams without compromising who you are."

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23:  Stormzy seen leaving the Abbey Road Studios after watching a Paul McCartney secret gig on July 23, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images) © 2018 Neil Mockford LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Stormzy seen leaving the Abbey Road Studios after watching a Paul McCartney secret gig on July 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images) The book will feature never-before-seen photographs, annotated lyrics, and contributions from his friends and collaborators.

Stormzy also recently announced a partnership with Penguin Random House to launch his new publishing imprint, #Merky Books.

It is the latest addition to the grime star's expanding #Merky empire, which already includes a music festival and a record label.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 file photo, Stormzy poses for photographers upon his arrival at the Brit Awards 2018 in London. London rapper Stormzy said Thursday Aug. 16, 2018, he is setting up a scholarship to help black students attend Britain's prestigious Cambridge University. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File) © Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 file photo, Stormzy poses for photographers upon his arrival at the Brit Awards 2018 in London. London rapper Stormzy said Thursday Aug. 16, 2018, he is setting up a scholarship to help black students attend Britain's prestigious Cambridge University. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File) Stormzy said he was “super proud” of the collaboration, writing on Instagram: “We will be using this as a platform for young writers to become published authors. 

“I know too many talented writers that don't always have an outlet or a means to get their work seen and hopefully #Merky Books can now be a reference point for them to say 'I can be an author' and for that to be a realistic and achievable goal.”

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