Game Changers: Charli XCX and Bleachers

Game Changers: Charli XCX and Bleachers

These standout acts of the moment give us an all-access pass to their career ambitions and creative processes.

These standout acts of the moment give us an all-access pass to their career ambitions and creative processes.

Photography: Nathaniel Goldberg

Styling: Michelle Cameron

Text: Ian David Monroe

This article originally appeared in V109, on newsstands now. Order your copy here.

CHARLI XCX

CHARLI XCX WEARS DRESS AND BOOTS GIVENCHY

“I think partying is really euphoric and actually quite emotional. I feel like it’s really hard to write a ballad-party song that’s taken very seriously by people because I feel like people think that party songs are really vapid and throwaway. I actually think they’re really powerful and emotional because when people go to parties, things happen: They meet people, they fall in love, they cry, they argue. It’s a big part of life. It’s where people have really in-depth, real horrible, or amazing experiences. I think party songs are really important.”

BLEACHERS

JACK ANTONOFF WEARS SWEATER GUCCI GLASSES HIS OWN

“The thing about music is that it’s all gut. You’re not building a table, a house. There’s no test you can do to see if it works or doesn’t work. You know, labels, they all want to test and research—can’t do it. It’s gut or it isn’t. All the great things, especially pop music, there’s no right way to do it. That’s why it’s such occasionally powerless, painful work. Because you’re like, ‘What do I do? How do I find it?’ You do a lot of waiting. So, I’ve spent my whole career just learning to trust that feeling.”

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