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 indie rock quartet Tab The Band and post-rock-inspired indie band Maps & Atlases.
Tab The Band — Lou Jannetty (guitar/vocals), Adrian Perry (bass/vocals), Tony Perry (guitar), and Ben Tileston (drums/vocals) — discussed performing at Lollapalooza, music licensing, digital versus physical product, musical influences, and advice for aspiring musicians, among other topics.
"Don't limit yourself," said Adrian Perry on advice for aspiring musicians. "The only limits you [have] are the ones you make yourself."
Formed in 2006 by Adrian and Tony Perry, the sons of GRAMMY winner Joe Perry of Aerosmith, the band describes their sound as hard rock that "has not been seen since 1974, but sounds like it could still be good in 2074." The band released their full-length debut, 2008's Pulling Out Just Enough To Win, on North Street Records, and followed with Long Weekend later that year and Zoo Noises in 2010. Tab The Band is currently on tour throughout the United States.
Maps & Atlases — Shiraz Dada (bass), Dave Davison (vocals/guitar), Erin Elders (guitar), and Chris Hainey (drums) — discussed performing at Lollapalooza, the development of the band's sound and advice for aspiring musicians, among other topics.
"There's always been a rhythmical quality to what we've done," said Davison regarding the band's sound. "[While in college] we spent a lot of time jamming together, playing for fun and experimenting and finding our sound. A lot of that sound is based around experimenting with rhythm."
Formed in Chicago in 2004 while the four members were attending art school, Maps & Atlases combine their individual interests in art, literature, film, and music to craft a post-rock-inspired sound. In 2006 the band self-released their debut EP, Tree, Swallows, Houses, before signing to Seattle-based Barsuk Records. Released in 2010, their full-length debut, Perch Patchwork, peaked at No. 25 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. Their latest single, "Living Decorations," was released in February.
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(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