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Antonoff: I hear women when I write

Published 28/09/2015

Jack Antonoff
Jack Antonoff

Jack Antonoff always hears a “female voice” in his head when it comes to writing songs.

(Cover) - EN Showbiz - Jack Antonoff’s new album is a look into how he writes songs.

The 31-year-old singer’s latest offering, Terrible Thrills Vol. 2., is a cover album of his band Bleachers’ record Strange Desire, featuring only female vocalists.

But in a new interview, Jack has revealed that he doesn’t consider the new record a “reinterpretation”, and believes it will give fans an insight into his song-writing process.

“When I write songs, I hear my version of a female voice in my head and I write the songs in the key that a woman would sing it,” Jack told Entertainment Weekly magazine. “And so this is really like a look into how I write and why I write.”

The record features tracks sung by Carly Rae Jepsen among others. But Jack admits it is an odd process hearing the tunes in such a different way.

“It’s very strange,” he said. “It’s very incredible. I thought it would be a very beautiful thing to show people how I imagined it before I even recorded it. So it’s very strange to hear, because it’s not a reinterpretation of the album, it’s a look into what I was imagining when I was sitting at the piano writing the songs.”

For Jack, the process of penning songs is a complex one. And he is keen for fans to understand just what goes through his head when he sits down to write a track.

“I want people to know how things come about and the whole process and how things change and that with Bleachers, the reason why I sing so many songs in such a low key is not because I necessarily planned it that way but because I write them for a female to sing, then it drops to a whole different octave,” he added. “So there’s all these reasons why things end up the way they do, and I want people to get that. I want people to be able to hear this and start putting the puzzle pieces together and seeing how I make the music and why I make the music.”

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