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 GRAMMY-nominated electronic producer/remixer Deadmau5 and hip-hop collective Atmosphere.
Deadmau5 spoke about performing at Lollapalooza, music production, creating music for the video game "Minecraft," and transitioning from remixing to producing, among other topics.
"I like the subjectivity of music production," said Deadmau5. "I go home and I write [a] track but then other producers and placement agencies have this different vibe and take on the track, and apply it to their moment. It's something for everyone, literally."
Widely known for his oversized illuminated mouse-head mask, Canada native Joel Zimmerman (aka Deadmau5) has established himself as one of the most innovative and popular global live electronic acts. He has collaborated as an arranger/producer/remixer with artists such as Foo Fighters, Tommy Lee's Methods Of Mayhem and electronic artist Morgan Page, the latter project garnering him a GRAMMY nomination in 2008 for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for Page's "The Longest Road." That same year Deadmau5 won a Juno Award for Dance Recording Of The Year for After Hours. His most recent solo project, 2010's 4 X 4 = 12, cracked the Top 50 on the Billboard 200. Deadmau5 is currently touring the United States and Canada.
Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective Atmosphere features rapper Sean "Slug" Daley and producer Anthony "Ant" Davis. Daley discussed working with Davis, the evolution of the group's style, songwriting, and performing live, among other topics.
"We're interested in trying to find this place within the audience where we're all kind of on the same page," said Daley on performing live. "When I play sets it's about trying to run the gamut of everything that we've done and play a little bit off of all the different [albums]. That's a way of showing that [our music] is all tied together."
Atmosphere's Daley and Davis released their debut album, Overcast! in 1998, followed by 2003's Seven's Travels and 2005's Headshots: Se7en, both of which made headway on the Billboard 200. Their 2008 release, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That S*** Gold, featured guest background vocals by the likes of Tom Waits and TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, their highest-charting album on the pop chart to date. Released in April, their most recent release, The The Family Sign, peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200. The group is currently on tour throughout the United States.
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 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