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August 3, 2014


Phantogram Reveal Who "Fall In Love" Was Initially Intended For and More

Phantogram flew to Lollapalooza straight from Australia, where the electrorock duo was touring in support of 2013's self-titled smash. Though they're still a little bleary-eyed from jet lag, they rocked Lolla the only way they know how, and they had some serious secrets to share with Fuse backstage about future collaborations and more.

First of all, "Fall In Love" wasn't supposed to be a Phantogram single, but a track laid down for an epic rapper to rhyme over, according to Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter. "It's actually an old idea, an old beat that Josh made five years ago," Sarah says of the song. "When we were waiting to release Eyelid Movies, we had a space of time to work on music, and Josh made the beat. It was intended to just be for an instrumental or for an MC to rap over, but that never ended up happening. I always remembered how much I loved it, so I grabbed it from him. I had a bass synth in mind for it, and it kind of just evolved from there." 

"Sarah really fought me for that song!" Josh adds. "Honestly, because it was a beat, I just wanted to gain some popularity as a band and hopefully get Jay Z or a big name hip hop act on that beat. Sarah's like, 'It has to be a Phantogram song!' so we just made it. It's one of the last songs I would've expected to be a single because it's a little different, but I'm glad everyone seems to be excited about."

We're glad it worked out the way it did, because "Fall In Love" is one of the strongest songs in their live set! As for future Phantogram tracks, the duo revealed that collaborations with Danny Brown and Big Boi are on the horizon. They'll also be joining the Flaming Lips for a cover just like Miley Cyrus did: While Miley joined Wayne Coyne and Co. for a take on "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," Phantogram will be teaming up with the alt-psych act to cover a different song off Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, "She's Leaving Home." Watch Phantogram share their huge news above, and keep your eyes peeled for more backstage chats with our favorite Lollapalooza artists.