The Recording Academy Texas Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At Austin City Limits Music Festival during the festival's 10th anniversary from Sept. 16–18 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including indie electronic outfit Cut Copy and GRAMMY-nominated children's music artist Brady Rymer.
Cut Copy discussed musical influences, the evolution of the band's members and recording their 2011 album, Zonoscope.
"The way that our songwriting and recording process works is we don't strictly stick to our instruments," said drummer Mitchell Scott. "It's not a live recording in a sense. It's more a process of layering sounds until we get what we're after."
Originally formed in 2001 as the solo project of Australian songwriter/producer/DJ Dan Whitford, Cut Copy grew to include bassist/guitarist Tim Hoey and Scott. Drawing on influences such as Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem, the trio released their full-length debut, Bright Like Neon Love, in 2004. In 2006 Whitford released Fabriclive.29, a live mix featuring Roxy Music's "Angel Eyes," the DFA remix of Goldfrapp's "Slide In" and the Faint's "Your Retro Career Melted." The band returned in 2008 with In Ghost Colours, which debuted at No. 1 in Australia and peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart. The band added a fourth member, bassist Ben Browning, and released Zonoscope in April. Cut Copy is currently on tour in the United States through mid-October.
Rymer discussed his songwriting process, advice for aspiring artists, the influence of social media, and how he started making music.
"My process for writing songs for kids is very in the moment," said Rymer. "My kids will say something or do something, and [the] next thing you know there's an idea for a song."
Before beginning a career in children's music, Rymer toured with roots rock group From Good Homes for 13 years, opening for artists such as Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews and the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir. After becoming a parent, Rymer found an interest in creating children's music and in 2000 released Good Morning, Gus, a collection of songs written for his firstborn. Rymer subsequently released 2002's Look At My Belly and 2004's I Found It! before forming Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could. The group earned a GRAMMY nomination in 2008 for Best Musical Album For Children for Here Comes Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could. Rymer's most recent release is 2011's Love Me For Who I Am, an album featuring songs inspired by students at New Jersey's Celebrate the Children School.
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