fun.'s Jack Antonoff has had a killer year with the debut of his new project, Bleachers, but he's also working with some of the biggest names in pop on some of the most talked about records of 2014. Antonoff recently teamed up with pal Taylor Swift for "Out of the Woods" and other tracks on 1989. The friends had never worked together before, but it was a musical match made in heaven right off the bat from the sounds of it.
"We did three songs on the album together," he tells Fuse's Yasmine Richards in between sets at the Voodoo Music Experience. "They came from just hanging out and talking about music. It came from our love of Yaz's 'Only You.' That's the first thing we talked about." Given the record's title and the epicness of the '80s power ballad, it's not surprising that they found inspiration in that particular place!
Talking about music lead to working together in a shift that Antonoff calls "very organic," and he's got nothing but admiration for Swift's songwriting abilities.
"That's the point of songwriting, to be honest and share things," he says. "Songwriting should be an intimate conversation with everyone listening to the music. She's great at that."
For a look at Jack's collaboration wish list (hi Robyn!), how he feels about the differences between touring with Bleachers and fun. and who he's looking forward to seeing at Voodoo, check out the Fuse exclusive above. And don't forget to loop back for more on-the-ground coverage at the Voodoo Music Experience 2014!