Antonoff says that his motivation, and his process, has rarely wavered since he first began producing; he and his collaborators dream “about what a record can be,” and sometimes that results in “really transcendent shit” and sometimes it doesn’t. There is no way, he says, to “optimise” his process, because there’s no formula. “I do think that there’s a misconception about what I do and what pop music is,” he says. “There’s a certain group of people who think it’s about appealing to the masses, [which is] not how I feel. I’ve never made anything hoping that everyone would like it.”
His closest collaborators – like Swift and Del Rey – are people with whom he feels like he can “drill even further” into one sound or idea, a feeling he describes as “crazy magic”. But the goal is never to top the charts, or appeal to every possible listener.
“I remember with Norman, Lana wanted to give the mastering engineer her credit card over the phone because she barely wanted anyone to know that the album was being made,” he says. “These records are so insular, so it’s a little hard to get it up for someone who has a hot take when [these albums] are reaching the people who they’re intended to reach. It’s cool if you get it and it’s cool if you don’t, but also like, there’s always the option to just shut the fuck up.”
Jem Aswad, writing at Variety:
Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer Jack Antonoff has announced an extensive new partnership with Dirty Hit Records founder Jamie Oborne, alongside a new exclusive agreement with leading global publisher Universal Music Publishing Group.
The multifaceted deal will see Antonoff and his band Bleachers being managed by Oborne, with Antonoff and Oborne also launching a new joint venture; in addition, Antonoff’s band Bleachers have signed with Dirty Hit, Oborne’s independent label, which is also home to the 1975, Rina Sawayama, Wolf Alice, Beabadoobee and others.
As their first release on Dirty Hit, Bleachers will release a new album, “Live At Radio City Music Hall,” this Friday (Aug. 25). Recorded in July of 2022 during their headlining show at the iconic venue, the 21-track live album features a special guest appearance from Bruce Springsteen on “Chinatown.”
Phoebe Bridgers, Trey Anastasio, Lucy Dacus, Weyes Blood, Matty Healy, and Jack Antonoff all got together for a cover of “These Days” during the 8th Ally Coalition Talent Show.Read More ““These Days” Cover From 8th Ally Coalition Talent Show”
Today the All Things Go Festival, which takes place on October 1, 2022 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, has released the official artist set times for the event. This year’s fest includes a headlining set from Lorde, with also marquee appearances from Bleachers, Mitski, Bartees Strange, Lucy Dacus, Hippo Campus and many more. We plan to have a presence at the All Things Go Festival to cover the event, including a media panel where we’ll be asking questions about what this great event means to these talented bands, as well as what each artist has been working on. For more information on the festival, visit the official site here.Read More “All Things Go Festival Set Times Revealed”