Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice recalled in a video posted on his Youtube channel his partnership with the late rapper DMX. Paice played alongside guitarist Steve Howe (Yes and Asia) and bassist Bootsy Collins (Parliament-Funkadelic). The song “X Moves” was released on april 9, 2021, before the news about the musician’s death was released. He suffered an overdose at the age of 50, that resulted in a heart attack.
Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice recalls recording with late rapper DMX:
“It’s true, hip-hop and rap is not a genre of music that I have any great love for,” he said. “Then again, it’s not targeted at me. Why should I understand it? There’s lots of sorts of music I don’t really have an affinity with. That’s okay, we all like different stuff.”
“I’ve played with orchestras, I’ve played with jazz guys, I’ve played with big bands, I’ve done novelty records. It’s not unusual for me to step outside my normal sphere of rock music. This is just another instance where I’ve done it.”
“It’s all about taking the chance to play when you can, especially at this time when we can’t be onstage,” Paice said. “So when I get these offers to do slightly off-the-wall things, and I think I can do an okay job and have a bit of fun doing it, then I’ll take it. And if it puts a few noses out of joint of the dedicated rockers, hey, don’t worry about it, man. I’m sure I’ll do another couple of good rock tunes you’ll enjoy in the future.”
Ian Paice was born June 29, 1948, in Nottingham. His first contact with music was playing the violin, but at the age of 15, he chose the drums as an instrument. So he started his career as a drummer playing in his father’s Dance band in the early 60’s.
Then he joined another musical project called “Georgie & the Rave-Ons”, until he founded Deep Purple. Before reaching their current line-up, the band underwent some line-up changes. With Paice being the last member of the original Deep Purple line-up that remains active today in the band.