Last month, Damon Albarn took heat for bluntly — and incorrectly — stating that Taylor Swift “doesn’t write her own songs.” Of course, Swift is one of the most accomplished songwriters of the last two decades, but the Gorillaz/Blur frontman attempted to reduce her to a “co-writer.”
“That doesn’t count,” he said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I know what co-writing is. Co-writing is very different to writing.”
There was some back and forth on Twitter, with Swift calling Albarn’s “hot take… completely false and SO damaging,” and Albarn eventually issuing a direct apology. Still, the words were said, and many Swifties are still standing up for the musician. That includes Swift’s frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff, who lumped the tenor of Albarn’s remarks in with Donald Trump on the latest episode of the Consequence Podcast Network’s The What podcast.
Getting into a discussion about writing with The What host Brad Steiner, Antonoff said it comes down to simply “you’re either a songwriter or not.” Pressed about Albarn’s comments, the Bleachers frontman said Albarn’s definition of songwriting was “very literal, and also wrong.”
“I think the Damon thing… obviously it’s completely absurd and everyone knows that,” said Antonoff. “You’re talking about one of the greatest songwriters of our generation who has her name as the only name on many songs. You don’t need me to explain it; it’s fact.”