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Interview: Jack Antonoff Introduces New Solo Project Bleachers

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By Courtney E. Smith

Surprise! Jack Antonoff of fun. took to Twitter and Instagram today to let the world know he’s got a brand new thing going on — and it’s called Bleachers.

“I’ve been making a record for the past year, around the world, and I’ve done it in secret only because I don’t like the idea of telling people, ‘I’m working on something, but…'” Antonoff said.

We caught up with Antonoff at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles and he told us he’d been working with Vince Clarke, of early Depeche Mode and Yaz fame, as well as John Hill, who known for his work with Phantogram, Santigold and M.I.A.

“There’s something nostalgic and ’80s and John Hughes about some of the stuff I do, but I never wanted to make anything that was in any way retro,” Antonoff said. “So I thought let’s get the guy who inspires me to write music in the first place, Vince and his aesthetic, on the album and then let’s get the guy, John Hill, whose mind only works in pushing things forward.”

Listen below to the single “I Wanna Get Better”, which you can also download on iTunes.

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