Jack Antonoff

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Jack Antonoff
Antonoff at Radio Station.jpg
Jack Antonoff performing at a Las Vegas radio station in 2012
Background information
Birth nameJack Michael Antonoff
Born(1984-03-31) March 31, 1984 (age 30)
Bergenfield, New Jersey, United States
GenresIndie rock, indie pop
OccupationsMusician, guitarist, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, Vocals, Drums, Piano
Years active2000–present
LabelsFueled By Ramen
Associated actsSteel Train, Bleachers, fun.
Notable instruments
Pearl Drums
Gibson Les Paul
 
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Jack Antonoff
Antonoff at Radio Station.jpg
Jack Antonoff performing at a Las Vegas radio station in 2012
Background information
Birth nameJack Michael Antonoff
Born(1984-03-31) March 31, 1984 (age 30)
Bergenfield, New Jersey, United States
GenresIndie rock, indie pop
OccupationsMusician, guitarist, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, Vocals, Drums, Piano
Years active2000–present
LabelsFueled By Ramen
Associated actsSteel Train, Bleachers, fun.
Notable instruments
Pearl Drums
Gibson Les Paul

Jack Michael Antonoff (born March 31, 1984) is an American musician, best known as the lead guitarist of the indie rock band Fun. He was previously the lead singer-songwriter of the band Steel Train and currently holds that role in his new project called Bleachers.

Life and career[edit]

Jack Antonoff was born in Bergenfield, New Jersey,[1] and is the younger brother of fashion designer Rachel Antonoff.[2] His younger sister Sarah died of brain cancer at the age of thirteen.[3] He grew up in New Milford, New Jersey and Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and attended elementary school at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, New Jersey.[4][5] For high school, he and his sister commuted to New York City to attend the Professional Children's School.[2]

During his sophomore year of high school, he and several friends from elementary school formed a punk rock band, Outline; the band was successful enough to tour in Florida and Texas.[4] The band disbanded after several members left to attend college.[4] In 2002, Antonoff and his friend Scott Irby-Ranniar formed a new band, Steel Train, and secured a recording deal with Drive-Thru Records.[4] Antonoff would be the new group's lead singer.[6] They soon recruited drummer Matthias Gruber and then convinced one of their friends from the band Random Task, Evan Winiker, to drop out of college to join the new band.[4]

In 2008, Nate Ruess (formerly the frontman of The Format) asked Antonoff to join him and Andrew Dost (formerly of Anathallo) in a new band, which became Fun.[7] Antonoff was already well acquainted with Ruess and Dost because their former bands had all toured together.[7]

Fun's second album Some Nights saw the band score its first #1 hit single, "We Are Young," which Antonoff co-wrote with Ruess, Dost, and Jeff Bhasker.[8]

As of 2012, it was reported that he is dating filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham.[9]

As of February 2014, Antonoff also leads a new project called Bleachers. The Huffington Post published a positive review of Bleachers' first single, "I Wanna Get Better," calling it the "catchiest song of 2014."[10] And Time proclaimed, "(Bleachers) is more fun than fun."[11]

Songwriting credits[edit]

YearArtistSongCo-written withU.S. peak
position
U.K. peak
position
2011fun."We Are Young"Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jeff Bhasker1[8]1[12]
2012fun."Some Nights"Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jeff Bhasker3[13]7[14]
2012Carly Rae Jepsen"Sweetie"Carly Rae Jepsen, Sara Quin, Klas Åhlund
2013Tegan and Sara"How Come You Don't Want Me"Sara Quin, Tegan Quin[15]
2013Sara Bareilles"Brave"Sara Bareilles[16]26
2013Sara Bareilles"Chasing the Sun"Sara Bareilles[16]
2013Taylor Swift"Sweeter Than Fiction"Taylor Swift[17]3445
2014Christina Perri"I Don't Wanna Break"Christina Perri[18]

With Steel Train:

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steel Train: Band Members", archived from the original on April 25, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Swerdloff, Alexis. "Sibling Success: The Power of 2", The New York Times, July 4, 2012. Accessed January 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Yuan, Jada. "Jack Antonoff, a Pop Star a Mother Could Love". Vulture. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Leichman, Joseph. "More powerful than a locomotive...", Jewish Standard, November 26, 2010. Accessed January 2, 2013. "Jack Antonoff of New Milford and Daniel Silbert of Tenafly first crossed paths in elementary school at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County in New Milford, where they also met Evan Winiker, whose family moved to Teaneck in time for him to begin the sixth grade at Schechter. ....
  5. ^ Aberback, Brian. "Pop-rock band Fun playing at Jingle Ball", The Record (Bergen County), December 5, 2012. Accessed January 3, 2012. "'The past year has been crazy in so many ways,' said guitarist Jack Antonoff, who grew up in New Milford and Woodcliff Lake."
  6. ^ "AOL Radio - Listen to Free Online Radio - Free Internet Radio Stations and Music Playlists". Spinner.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  7. ^ a b "Profile: Andrew Dost ‹ CU IndependentCU Independent". Cuindependent.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  8. ^ a b "Fun. Find Breakout Anthem With 'We Are Young'". MTV.com. 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  9. ^ "Girls' Lena Dunham Is Dating Fun.'s Jack Antonoff - Us Weekly". Usmagazine.com. 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  10. ^ "Twitter / HuffPostEnt: Jack Antonoff has released". Twitter.com. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  11. ^ Cox, Jamieson (2014-02-18). "Bleachers "I Wanna Get Better": Jack Antonoff's New Band's Debut Track | TIME.com". Entertainment.time.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  12. ^ "fun. hold off The Wanted to score first UK No.1 single - Music News". Digital Spy. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  13. ^ "Fun. - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  14. ^ "2012-10-06 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive". Official Charts. 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  15. ^ "Tegan and Sara / Heartthrob Press Kit". Warner Bros. Records. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Brave Webisode". Sony Music Entertainment. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  17. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (August 2013). "Dailymail". London: Dailymail.co.uk. 
  18. ^ "Brave Girls". Thelodgemastering.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07.