The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter played host for The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza during the festival's 20th anniversary installment from Aug. 5–7 in Chicago's Grant Park. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including UK indie rock sensation Arctic Monkeys and indie pop/rock trio Foster The People.
Arctic Monkeys lead vocalist Alex Turner discussed performing at Lollapalooza, the success of the band's debut album, 2006's Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, early musical influences, and the band's rise in popularity on the Internet, among other topics.
"I'm really proud of what that album did," said Turner on the band's debut release. "Not just [because] it sold like hotcakes, but the fact that so many people connected to it in the way that they did. Especially in England, [the album] means so much to the people."
Formed in 2003 in Yorkshire, England, Arctic Monkeys features Jamie Cook (guitar), Matt Helders (drums), Andy Nicholson (bass), and Turner. The band's debut album became the fastest-selling debut album in UK history, producing the hits "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" and "When The Sun Goes Down." The album peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard 200, and UK online publication NME.com named it the best album of 2006. Favourite Worst Nightmare followed in 2007, peaking at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. The band's third album, 2009's Humbug, topped Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. Their most recent release, Suck It And See, was released in June, peaking at No. 14 on the Billboard 200. The band is currently on tour throughout the United States, Canada and the UK.
Foster The People — Cubbie Fink (bass), Mark Foster (guitar/keyboards/vocals) and Mark Pontius (drums) — discussed being nominated for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, their songwriting process, performing live, plans for the future, and advice for young musicians.
"The most important thing is [to] find your identity and find your sound," said Foster on advice for aspiring musicians. "Don't follow any trends, just do what you like to do and trust that you'll find your audience."
Formed in Los Angeles in 2009, Foster The People combine elements of atmospheric, psychedelic and dance-oriented pop. After garnering significant airplay on Los Angeles alternative radio station KROQ-FM with their single "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster The People released a self-titled EP in January. Released in May, their debut album, Torches, topped Billboard's Rocks Albums and Alternative Albums charts, and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200. The band is currently on tour the United States, Canada and the UK, and plans to begin recording their sophomore album next year.
Come back to GRAMMY.com tomorrow for more exclusive backstage interviews from The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza.
(The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza: Videography by Colleen Mares and Thomas Brankin; Interviews by Jackson Abbeduto, Kiana Basu, Liz Gassner, and Max O'Kane)
The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza 2011: Arctic Monkeys, Atmosphere, Black Cards, Haley Bonar, Cage The Elephant, Cults, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Deadmau5, Dani Deahl, Deluka, DJ Lady D, Fitz And The Tantrums, Foster The People, Gold Motel, Ellie Goulding, Skylar Grey, Mayer Hawthorne, Kids These Days, Le Butcherettes, Maps & Atlases, My Morning Jacket, Tab The Band, and Young The Giant