Jack Antonoff on vintage gear, analogue synths and Taylor Swift’s Midnights: “The Oberheim OB-8 was the star of that album”

Jack Antonoff thinks pop music is a paradox. “The irony of pop music is that it’s this field that’s so rigid, but the only stuff that’s successful is the stuff that’s out on the other side of it,” he tells us. “If you write something that you think is a perfect pop song, that fits perfectly into everything, it’s probably boring as fuck. The perfect pop song is by definition the imperfect pop song.” 

We’re inclined to agree, because if anyone knows a few things about how to write a chart-toppingly, world-shakingly good pop song in 2023, it’s probably Jack Antonoff.