fun. Talks Success, GRAMMYs, and Obama’s Screen Name

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To say it’s been an eventful year for the GRAMMY award nominated band fun. would be an understatement. Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, and Jack Antonoff joined Mix 104.1 for a special intimiate Mix Lounge performance at the base of Wachusett Mountain in central Massachusetts on January 16th. Gregg Daniels asked them about the year that was – from a Super Bowl commercial broadcast last February to being nominated for six GRAMMY awards in December.

“It went according to plan, slash way crazier than plan,” lead singer Nate Ruess explained. “I don’t think any of this was in our realm of possibility. I think Saturday Night Live was the ultimate goal for us. So to get to do that so early in our career as a band is pretty amazing.”

The band’s meteoric rise to the top over the past 12 months isn’t something that’s lost on the band.

“We played this festival in San Francisco, and there was an unbelievable amount of people there, and it was just a completely insane experience,” said Ruess, “It felt like videos of Live Aid we used to watch growing up. That was the moment for me of thinking we reached a different level of some sort.”

Then the GRAMMY nominations were announced in December, and fun. came away with their fair share.

“That was definitely a pinch me moment, where we thought in our wildest dreams we’d get one [GRAMMY], and we ended up getting six and it was mind-blowing,” said keyboard player Andrew Dost.


PHOTOS: fun. in the Mix Lounge at Wachusett Mountain


As if SNL, a world tour, and half a dozen GRAMMY nominations wasn’t enough, the band was recently tapped by the White House to play for President Obama’s second inauguration. Gregg Daniels and Fast Freddy wanted to know how one gets invited to play the inauguration. The band jokingly mentioned that they had been contacted via AOL’s Instant Messenger.

“You think Obama’s got like an IM? Keep in mind, while AIM was still happening… He was a nobody… So there’s no doubt that he has a screen name like FuturePresident127 or something,” said Ruess.

“He probably had a members dot AOL website where he put pictures that he liked,” quipped guitarist Jack Antonoff.

The boys are back in Boston in between the inauguration and the GRAMMY Awards on February 1st at the Orpheum Theatre.

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