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Backstage At Lollapalooza 2018 With The Recording Academy | Photo Gallery
Lollapalooza marks the apex of the summer in music each year, descending upon Chicago's Grant Park for four full days of performaces from artists spanning many genres. We are on-the-ground backstage at the festival to give you an inside look at the action.
New Orleans alternative R&B-soul collective Tank And The Bangas came through to talk about their meteoric rise since winning NPR's Tiny Desk Contest and tell us about their latest single, "Smoke.Netflix.Chill."
Rising superstar Billie Eilish took a moment to chat with us about her success this year, her new Beats 1 radio show, and what fans can expect from her debut full-length album.
Chicago rapper Valee chopped it up with us on his latest GOOD Job You Found Me, his single "Womp Womp," touring with Pusha T, and the relationship between boredom and creativity.
The loud and lovely Lizzo swung through to hype up her Lolla set, open up about her time on Rupaul's "Drag Race" and tease a super secret upcoming project.
The boys of rock torch-bearers Greta Van Fleet stopped by to tell us about the makings of their latest single, "When The Curtain Falls," and dish on their highly anticipated debut full-length before hamming it up for our cameras.
From making songs in her bedroom to taking the Lollapalooza stage, Clairo remained cool, calm and collected backstage, opening up about her debut EP Diary 001, her lates collab with Cuco, "DROWN," and keeping a level head in the storm of success she's experiencing.
Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo stopped in before thier Sunday set to tell us about their new album, Head Over Heels, and its highly danceable lead single "Must've Been" featuring DRAM.
GRAMMY nominee James Bay opened up about his musical transformation during our interview with the British singer/songwriter. He also told the story behind "Pink Lemonade" and revealed his three favorite hobbies outside of music.
Jessie Reyez took some time to tell us about her single "Apple Juice" and what it's like drawing from Canadian and Colombian music backgrounds.
Self-described as "writer by nature, rapper by craft," Chicago's femdot. came through to give his reaction to playing at Lolla and talk about what's happening in his city's hip-hop scene right now.
Firey and soulful, Dorothy posed for our cameras backstage at Lolla. Her latest album, 28 Days In The Valley, showcases her one-of-a-kind show-stopping voice and authenticity.
Nashville singer/songwriter Anderson East sat down with us to discuss the quick and dirty recording process of his raw new album Encore.
GRAMMY-nominated children's hip-hop group Alphabet Rockers visited us to discuss the empowering messages of their music, their lastest album Rise Shine #Woke and what they're working on next.
Chicago's DJ Taye paid us a visit to reveal his feelings on playing his first Lollapalooza. He also broke down his trippy single "Trippin'" and posed for a few snapshots.
Wallows dropped in to talk about Lolla kicking off their run of festival dates and let us in on the making of their delightful DIY video for (deep breath...) "Under The Streetlights In The Winter Outside Your House."
Fierce and fabulous British rock duo BONES took the time to talk with us about their undeniable song, "Creature," their unmistakable visual aesthetic and their rush of excitement for upcoming tour dates in the States with the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, The Cult, and Palaye Royale - lookout, U.S.A.!
Our interview with mighty dance duo Galantis was crashed by Max, the artist featured on their new collaboration "Satisfied." The trio talked about working together and had some fun in our portrait studio.
Pale Waves hung out with us to talk about their latest EP and upcoming album and their experience on tour with The 1975.
GoldLink surprised us with a visit after running into his friends, Tank And The Bangas, outside our tent. The Washington D.C.-born rapper took a minute to pose for a quick photo.
Fresh off the Lollapalooza stage - and a trip across the Atlantic - Rusko dropped in to share some of his magic and discuss how he's infusing his music with glorious '90s vibes.
Soulful pop singer/songwriter Bazzi swung through to tell us about the story he tells with his debut full-length album, COSMIC.
Latin GRAMMY-winning children's artist Mister G brought some sunshine into our tent before their fun Friday Kidzapalooza set.
We linked up with morgxn to hear the inspiration behind his transformational album, Vital, and breakdown "Carry The Weight" and "Home."
Austin's one-man band, Mobley made an appearance after his Lolla set to show us his sleek style in our portrait studio.
What So Not stopped in before his set to tell us about his dazzling debut full-lenght album, Not All The Beautiful Things, and reveal the neon green head of hair under his hat for our cameras.
Norweigian producer LIDO stopped in for a quick pic and to chat about his many upcoming project. His list of past credits include Halsey, Portugal. The Man, Ariana Grande, and more.
Up-and-coming singer/songwriter duo twins Carly and Martina popped in to see us and discuss songwriting collaborations, the recording process, their rapidly growing popularity, and more.
Dubliner Dermot Kennedy sat down with us to talk about his latest projects, working with Mike Dean and the benefits of being a well-traveled artist.
Wes Period came through to tell us what he's up to on tour with Kesha and Macklemore, dish about his pair of new singles, and describe that feeling you get at Lollapalooza.
From Who Killed Matt Maeson to The Hearse, we talked getting personal on his pair of stellar EPs with singer/songwriter Matt Maeson.
Chicago-raised, New York-based soul-pop artist John Splithoff came by to chat about playing his hometown's biggest stage, singing the National Anthem at pro sports games, and his latest EP, Make It Happen.
Cleveland blues rockers Welshy Arms paid us a visit. The group released their debut full-length album, No Place Is Home, earlier this year.
Hot off Perry's Stage, Ekali stopped by to talk about how out-of-control the crowd was for his Lolla set and where his musical wild ride is taking him next.
We also saw GRAMMY-nominated Chicago-based children's singer/songwriter Justin Roberts. Roberts recently testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of music creators in support of the Music Modernization Act.
Boston pop visionairy Emilia Ali hung out with us backstage and smiled big for our cameras after her Lolla set.
For more from Lollapalooza 2018, check out our official recap.