Inside Jack Antonoff's Pop Laboratory
The Master at Work
Antonoff at his main workspace in his Brooklyn studio. "I like to work whenever I want to work," he says. "Which is the point of having a studio at home: I can make myself available whenever creativity happens."
Wizard of Synths
Antonoff owns a huge array of vintage synthesizers — but his favorite is a Juno-6. "I got it on eBay when I was still living with my parents and right away, I was obsessed. It constantly comes up in my music."
Host With the Most
Antonoff's space is cordoned off from the rest of his home thanks to a heavy, soundproof door.
His Cherished Mementos
Antonoff's studio is lined with personal effects: 7-inch records from his first band, Steel Train; photographs of those closest to him (that's his girlfriend, Lena Dunham), baseball cards, and other ephemera.
Antonoff in his vocal-isolation booth, which also houses a drum kit. He admits he rarely uses the space and prefers to cut vocals in the main room. "A good vocal take with a siren in the background is better than a pristine take with no heart."
His Personal History
More photos — including a cut-out of his sister, designer Rachel Antonoff.
Antonoff at his keys, where he wrote the main hook for Lorde's "Green Light." "Taylor sat here and sang," he says. "Lorde too. This whole area is my favorite place to be."
Antonoff's arsenal of guitar effects.
The Past Is Present
More personal pics and keepsakes from Antonoff's past. "They're more than just memories," he says. "They're sort of these incessant reminders of who you are."
Axe to Grind
Antonoff's vintage Fender Telecaster.
Beats by Jack
Antonoff's Linn Drum machine, which he uses to program beats for his songs. "I like things that sound super connected to a time period — and then I take those things and super-modernize it," he says. "There's a piece that's nostalgic and then there's a piece that's futuristic."