Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones tweeted a snippet of a conversation he had with Apple Music’s Matt Wilkinson, in which he reflected on being an excellent song starter for the majority of the band’s songs. Despite the undeniable success of the Rolling Stones as a band, each member has made distinctive contributions. Keith Richards’ stunning guitar riffs, which have defined the Stones’ sound, have always been renowned. Some of the band’s most popular songs, including “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Start Me Up,” and “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” contain his signature riffs. His musical talent is so highly regarded that he has been dubbed the Human Riff. Richards’ most memorable riffs combine short, powerful, and frequently repetitive phrases with his distinctive tunings. Consistently, he has placed a well-crafted riff before a lengthy solo in his own style. Obviously, the secret behind his riffing style has piqued the interest of many music enthusiasts.
Matt Wilkinson wanted to know how the guitarist became known as the “intro king” during the guitarist’s appearance on Apple Music for an interview commemorating the Stones’ 60th anniversary. Keith Richards replied that he hasn’t done anything in particular for it, but that he has always sought a “great start to a record.” He stated modestly that he is still working on it because riffs are essential parts of a song because they are remembered forever, unlike guitar solos, which are quickly forgotten. Keith Richards explains how he became the “intro king” as follows:
“I’m not sure. I’ve always had a fantastic beginning to a record. Something that is extremely invasive and then transitions into a riff. This is what I am currently working on. Guitar solos come and go, but the riff endures eternally.” You can view the short video clip of the conversation below.