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 electronic group Deluka, local DJ Dani Deahl and indie pop band Gold Motel.
Deluka — Robbie Grimmett (bass), Ellie Innocenti (vocals/guitar), Kris Kovacs (guitar), and Stevie J. Palmer (drums) — discussed releasing music digitally, performing live, meeting fans, and their upcoming plans, among other topics.
"We've made the set a little more exciting," said Innocenti on performing live. "[It's] more for our benefit so we feel [the] energy and hopefully give it [back] to the audience."
With roots in Birmingham, England, and Brooklyn, N.Y., Deluka is described as having a "danceable, hook-packed, attitude-laden sound [that] impacts like a sharp slap in the face." In 2010 the band released their full-length debut, You Are The Night, featuring the singles "Cascade" and "OMFG," the former of which was named MTVu's fan-voted Freshman video in April 2010.
Deahl discussed performing at Lollapalooza as an electronic artist, musical influences, how she learned to produce, being a female DJ, and advice for aspiring DJs, among other topics.
"It's not that Lollapalooza is a rock festival, it's a contemporary festival," said Deahl. "[The festival is] taking in whatever the modern [musical] influences are, and you're finding there's a lot of crossover."
Based in Chicago, Deahl has toured across the globe from Hong Kong to Bolivia. This year marked Deahl's third year performing at Lollapalooza, a rare feat for a DJ. Deahl also helped found indie electronic record label Calamity Jane Recordings. She released a digital EP in 2009 containing four remixes of "Poppin' Bottles" featuring electronic artist Whiskey Pete.
Gold Motel's Eric Hehr (guitar) and Greta Morgan (vocals/keyboards) discussed attending Lollapalooza, the makeup of the band, the Chicago music scene, the band's online presence, and their songwriting process, among other topics.
"Chicago's music scene has one of the most loyal, giving [and] supportive audiences of any city I've ever been to," said Morgan. "I'm really grateful to be in a band in Chicago because people care and it's genuine."
Beginning as the solo project of frontwoman Morgan, in 2009 Gold Motel grew to include Adam Coldhouse (drums), Dan D. (guitar/vocals), Hehr, and Matt Minx (bass), an amalgam of Chicago-based bands the Hush Sound, the Yearbooks and This Is Me Smiling. Gold Motel's debut full-length release, 2010's Summer House, features 10 tracks penned by the band that capture "dreaming, transient youth in constant motion." Gold Motel is currently on tour throughout the United States.
(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