(Indie rock band Grouplove recently participated in a GRAMMY Camp — SoundCheck in San Francisco. Following the soundcheck, Grouplove's Christian Zucconi collected his thoughts on the experience and recalled his own journey as a musician. A GRAMMY Foundation GRAMMY in the Schools initiative, GRAMMY Camp — SoundCheck programs provide high school and college students a glimpse into the realities of music careers by offering them the opportunity to experience a soundcheck rehearsal with a recording artist, followed by an interactive and candid question-and-answer session.)
All of us in the Grouplove family had a great experience the other night at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco. The concert was sold out, the crowd was really giving, and to be onstage where so many amazing artists have shed their souls was truly breathtaking. Not to mention what an awesome city San Francisco is.
We also had the chance to partake in the GRAMMY Camp — SoundCheck program, where about 30 aspiring musicians, sound engineers, lighting designers, and music managers from local universities and performing arts programs came and watched us soundcheck. We were working out a new song arrangement and going through the motions of getting comfortable onstage before the doors opened.
Afterward, we had the honor of sitting down with the GRAMMY Camp — SoundCheck students to talk about what it's like being in Grouplove, and participate in a very constructive question-and-answer session that included our entire crew as well. Not everyone wants to be a performer, so it was great to see our front-of-house engineer, manager, guitar tech, monitor engineer, and merchandise vendor all get involved and field numerous questions in addition to those directed to the band.
I can remember being a student myself, and having a somewhat similar experience when a musician would visit our high school, or an inspiring filmmaker or actor would visit the college I attended. It was so eye-opening and rare to really sit down in a room with these artists and have the opportunity to pick their brain. Now, to be on the other side, answering questions myself and giving personal advice and sharing intimate stories from the road or talking about what it's like to leave home and family to pursue a dream, was so rewarding. It's an amazing feeling to give back and inspire young students who are beginning their own personal journeys.
The GRAMMY Foundation is so special because it encourages this distinct give-and-take between like-minded people.
(Based in Los Angeles, Grouplove features Sean Gadd, Hannah Hooper, Ryan Rabin, Andrew Wessen, and Christian Zucconi. The quintet released a self-titled six-song EP in January 2011, followed by their full-length debut album, Never Trust A Happy Song, in September of that year. The album peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 Top 50 single "Tongue Tied." Grouplove are currently on tour throughout the United States, with dates scheduled through December.)