GRAMMY-winning guitarist Jack Antonoff of Fun. recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Antonoff discussed his debut solo project, Bleachers, and his new single, "I Wanna Get Better," among other topics.
"It's something that was created at a time that was technically very unideal to create new music because I was all over the world touring, which I think is something very special about the album," said Antonoff on recording Bleachers' forthcoming debut album. "I felt compelled to make it. … It was happening in moments I should have been sleeping, or eating, or having a social life."
New Jersery-born Antonoff fronted the New York-based band Steel Train before forming Fun. with Andrew Dost (keyboards) and Nate Ruess (vocals) in 2008. In 2009 Fun. released their debut album, Aim And Ignite, which cracked the Top 80 on the Billboard 200. In 2012 the trio released their sophomore album, Some Nights, which was co-produced by GRAMMY winner Jeff Bhasker (Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kanye West). The 11-track set climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the band's No. 1 hit "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monáe.
Some Nights garnered six nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, including Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. The trio took home Best New Artist and Song Of The Year for "We Are Young," which was co-written with Bhasker.
Antonoff's untitled Bleachers album is scheduled for release in June. Co-produced by John Hill and Vince Clarke, the album will feature the lead single "I Wanna Get Better."
Bleachers are currently in the midst of an international tour, with dates scheduled through August.