Q&A: fun. lead singer on Grammy nods, tour, life
FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2012 file photo, fun. lead singer Nate Ruess performs at the "Teachers Rock" concert at the Nokia Theatre, in Los Angeles. Ruess said the band's successful year has taught him “that I need to take better care of myself.” The boys are up for six Grammy Awards, including the top four categories: album, song and record of the year, and best new artist. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — 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."
"Really, that's been the big thing," Ruess said in a phone interview from Detroit last week. "(The year) really put us through the ringer as far as everything is concerned, and we didn't get a lot of sleep, so it was pretty rough. But what was cool is that I quit smoking and I cut back on drinking and I just made sleep a priority — and I think that's what all of us did."
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 the six-time platinum No. 1 hit, "We Are Young." The group's second single and title track is a multiplatinum radio smash, and their album is near platinum status with 958,675 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (One million units sold means platinum status.)
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, talks about the multiple nominations, collaborating with other pop stars and the band's current tour, which wraps up Feb. 16 in Nashville, Tenn.
AP: The band is back on the road after a month off. How does it feel?
Ruess: 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.
AP: Have you been working on new music?
Ruess: 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.
AP: How does it feel to be nominated in all of the top categories at the Grammys?
FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, the band fun., from left, Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess pose for a photo backstage at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena, in Nashville, Tenn. The band is up for six Grammy Awards, including the top four categories: album, song and record of the year, and best new artist. Their current tour wraps in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 16, 2013. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP, File)
Ruess: It was just crazy. Someone from the Grammys right before they announced the first award was like, "Buckle your seatbelt."