Jack Antonoff: Hit man


We TAKE NOTE this morning of singer-songwriter Jack Antonoff, a composer of hits who’s never lost where he came from. After all, as Tracy Smith will be showing us, it hasn’t been that prolonged given he LEFT: 

You may not consider you know Jack Antonoff, but you substantially do.  For instance, you competence commend the strain “We Are Young,” which he co-wrote with his former band, Fun.

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When Sara Bareilles wrote her dermatitis hit “Brave,” she had help from Antonoff.

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And in 2015, when Taylor Swift won the Grammy for Album of the Year for “1989,” her co-writer, Jack Antonoff, was one of the first people she thanked. He actually knew the way to the Grammy podium: this was his third.

The secret, he says, is making music he likes … and vouchsafing the rest take caring of itself.

“You have to trust that people don’t wish what you consider they’re going to like, you know? They wish what you like,” he said. “Once you start doing that, you actually start joining with people.”

And now, that tie is undeniable. For the people lined up outward New York’s Webster Hall on a new night, his sold-out show was worth a prolonged wait in the pouring rain.


Bleachers, featuring Jack Antonoff, performs at New York City’s Webster Hall.

Jack Antonoff is the lead singer, songwriter and essence of the indie stone organisation Bleachers — and a male who still can’t utterly trust he’s done it.

Smith asked, “What’s it like to go from nobody watching, to sell-out shows?”

“It’s not easy because, even like right now, we always have this feeling like, ‘Are they gonna come?’ And they’ll be like, ‘But it’s sole out.’ we contend to myself, ‘Yeah, but what if there’s this uncanny thing where half the assembly has an emergency and then the room is thin?'”

But like scarcely every place he plays now, it was packaged wall-to-wall.

Born in 1984, Jack Antonoff grew up in the northern New Jersey suburbs, with sisters Rachel and Sarah. He fell in adore with music as a kid, and with a few friends shaped a band. The reminders of his earliest  gigs are still created on the closet doorway of his boyhood bedroom, including the first show he ever played: 12/16/98.

He would request every show, where it was, who else played, when he played in the bill, and how much he got paid. “The first time we ever got paid to play was 1/18/99, Fire Hall in Bordentown, New Jersey. Played first on the bill, we got paid $20!”

That would be for the whole band.

Music became an escape. For many of his early life, Jack watched his younger sister Sarah battle brain cancer. And when he told his relatives Rick and Shira he wanted to debate with his band, they didn’t mount in his way.

“I mean, there was much of the time that we was deeply concerned holding caring of a sick kid,” pronounced Shira Antonoff. “But you also just benefit viewpoint on what’s really important. So when Jack was a comparison and said, ‘I got my first record understanding and we really wanna go out on the road, we don’t wanna go to college,’ we went, ‘Go.'”

Jack was only 18 when Sarah died, but you can still hear his agonise in his work, like “Everybody Lost Somebody,” from his just-released new album, “Gone Now”:

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“Everybody lost somebody, something. [But] we keep going. That’s what is implausible about human beings, is the choice to keep going,” pronounced Antonoff. 

“You chose to keep going,” pronounced Smith. 

“Yes, we did, and that’s what I’m observant we feel bad about. Everybody has this pouch they’re carrying. Some are heavier. Some are lighter. But no one doesn’t have it. And if you consider someone doesn’t have it, they have a bigger one than you imagine.”

It’s not all darkness: “Don’t Take the Money” was desirous by the adore of Jack’s life. In the video, he’s an hypothetical husband at an hypothetical wedding:

Somebody pennyless me once
Love was a currency
A shimmering change act
I consider that we laughed at that
And we saw your face and hands
Colored in object and then
I consider we understand
Will we understand?
Will we fight, stay up late?
In my dreams I’m to blame
Different sides of the bed
Roll your eyes, trim my head
Now we’re stuck in the storm
We were innate to ignore
And all we got is a possibility to just sit
(I’m in adore and you’ve got me — run away)

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It was filmed at the genuine Los Angeles home he shares with his real-life girlfriend, actor and executive Lena Dunham, the star of HBO’s hit comedy, “Girls.” On this day, she was Jack’s director.

Smith asked, “How does Jack take direction?”

“I will contend that Jack is his own man, and that zero of my prior directing accolades are suggestive in this situation,” Dunham replied.

“We have jokingly been job him the ‘hit man.’ That’s what we’ve been job this piece.”

“Yeah, a lot of the women would adore to work with him since he’s one of the few guys in the party attention who comes in with no agenda, no sleaze — he’s there just to make art,” pronounced Dunham. “And we consider people feel that and they feel protected with him. And so I’m very unapproachable to be means to call someone like that my partner.”

In fact, he’s spin arrange of a low-pitched Midas:  his new partnership with singer-songwriter Lorde helped concrete him as one of the many sought-after producers in the business.

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But he’s never too big to come home. And when a triple-Grammy-winner gets a splinter, there’s no one better than Mom to lift it out. Believe it or not, until sincerely recently, Antonoff lived here full-time.

How old was he when he left home? “Twenty-nine. And we had number-one annals at that point!”

His boyhood bedroom, a refuge where he wrote many of his songs, is scarcely intact. Except that now he’s yanked many of it out of his parents’ residence and reassembled it, piece-by-piece, in a trailer, to take with him on tour.  “This is, literally, my room,” he said. “This is the accurate carpet. These are my drawers.

“I’d write and record in here forever. This is, like, all my stuff. Like, that’s my underwear drawer.”

“Even holding the underwear drawer?” asked Smith.

“Well, the whole judgment was, zero changes.”

His fans may have listened about Jack Antonoff’s middle sanctum. Now, they can mount in it. “God, this is weird,” he laughed.

For the record, Mom was excellent with all this. She just has one tiny request: “The only thing I’ve ever pronounced — and this is the truth, Jack — is we really wish a grandbaby, someday,” pronounced Shira. “I do. we would be very disappointed.”

“‘Disappointed,'” pronounced Jack

“That’s it. Jack, but have you ever felt that in …”


” … any, no, no. Can we cut that? Can we redo that?”

“Don’t cut that,” pronounced Jack. “Leave the partial where she asked to cut it!”

“No, please. That’s really bad!”

“No, leave all of it!”

Kidding aside, Mom is understandably proud. 

Jack Antonoff has found a way to spin personal suspense into something extremely close to joy.

“If you’re propitious adequate to find anything in life that gives you 5 seconds, let alone an hour, of service from life, you should try to do it forever,” he said. 

You can stream the manuscript “Gone Now” by the Bleachers by clicking on the hide next (Free Spotify registration compulsory to hear full tracks):

For some-more info:

  • “Gone Now” by the Bleachers (RCA); Available on CD (Amazon, Barnes Noble) limited-edition vinyl (bleachersmusic), and around digital download (Amazon, Google Play and iTunes) and streaming (Apple Music, Spotify)
  • Follow @JackAntonoff on Twitter and Instagram
  • Bleachers.com
  • Follow @Bleachersmusic on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

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