As we await the arrival of Audacy’s fifth annual I’m Listening special, happening on September 23 at 6PM on all Audacy stations, and on the Audacy app, Jack Antonoff shared that his music serves as a therapeutic outlet between him and his fans.
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While speaking with Audacy’s Nicole Alvarez, Antonoff shared, that “one of the things that compelled me to write music was what I was getting from music.”
The Bleachers frontman noted that regardless of what the music was truly written about he was able to derive meaning that allowed him “to feel bold enough to get through what I was going through.”
He sites, “I feel like Joni Mitchell has talked me through things that I wouldn’t have been able to get through.”
The famed producer behind albums like Lorde’s Solar Power, tells us that he chose to turn music into a career because he views it as a cycle, sharing, “it’s not like giving back necessarily, but it’s just sort of… how you know how to communicate.”
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“It’s very circular. I feel like I give something to my audience and I feel like they give it back to me. I write a song and then it means something to me…then I see what it means to them and then it comes back to me in a different way, and it’s very conversational.”
Check out all of Antonoff’s mental health and music musings during our September 23 I’m Listening broadcast, happening at 6PM on all Audacy stations, and on the Audacy app.
This year I’m Listening has partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to further support mental health initiatives and provide expert medical health access as we continue to navigate maintaining the intersection of mental and physical health in the age of COVID-19.
Audacy is committed to supporting the health and success of the communities that are the heart of its business. I’m Listening aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741. You can also find more resources here.