By MESFIN FEKADU
Fun. is learning to have fun — with less alcohol and more sleep.
Lead singer Nate Ruess says the band’s successful year has taught him “that I need to take better care of myself.”
The trio, which includes guitarist Jack Antonoff and keyboardist Andrew Dost, has been on a wild ride since its dark pop-rock sophomore album, “Some Nights,” was released last February.
They performed at an inaugural ball for President Barack Obama and had one of last year’s biggest anthems with “We Are Young.”
Fun. is nominated for six awards, including best album, song and record of the year and best new artist at this year’s Grammys, to air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. Ruess, 30, talked about the band in this interview:
Q. The band is back on the road after a month off. How does it feel?
A. Everybody got in, and everybody looked healthy, and everybody just looked happy and so excited to be with each other, and I think that’s because we learned to take care of ourselves.
Q. Have you been working on new music?
A. I had just written (a song), and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. And (“Some Nights” producer Jeff Bhasker) was like, “That absolutely has to be on the next fun. album.” So, that was really cool. And then we were with some friends, and he like made me play it because he was like so proud of the song.
Q. How does it feel to be nominated in all of the top categories at the Grammys?
A. It was just crazy. Someone from the Grammys right before they announced the first award was like, “Buckle your seat belt.”
Q. You’re one of five songwriters listed on Ke$ha’s current hit single, “Die Young.” How did the collaboration come about?
A. I just wrote the hook, and I wrote it for something else, and then a couple of producers got a hold of it and worked on the rest with her. I was not involved in anything else. Somewhere around the world, there’s me singing that chorus.