The Recording Academy Texas Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At Austin City Limits Music Festival during the festival's 10th anniversary from Sept. 16–18 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including Canadian pop/rock outfit Broken Social Scene and rapper Wax.
Broken Social Scene vocalists/guitarists Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew discussed formal musical training, career highlights, songwriting, and advice for aspiring artists.
"Practice and have something good to fall back on," said Canning on advice for aspiring artists. "Enjoy it," added Drew. "Don't abuse it, and go to sleep early…after you've got a few years of not sleeping at all."
Formed in 1999 by Canning and Drew, Broken Social Scene released their debut album, 2001's Feel Good Lost, featuring a cast of Canadian indie musicians, including Leslie Feist and Do Make Say Think's Charles Spearin. The band added Stars' Evan Cranley, Metric's Emily Haines and James Shaw and by the time their sophomore effort, 2002's You Forgot It In People, was released, Broken Social Scene had morphed into an 11-piece collective. The following year You Forgot It In People received the Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. The group won the honor again in 2006 for their 2005 self-titled release. Broken Social Scene's most recent release, 2010's Forgiveness Rock Record, made the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 and Top 10 on Billboard's Rock Albums chart. The group is currently scheduled to play select dates in South America in November.
Wax discussed the influence of YouTube, social media and other artists he's currently listening to.
"YouTube was big for me," said Wax. "I started [posting] videos on YouTube and eventually the views got bigger and bigger…and it just ballooned from there."
A native of Dunkirk, Md., Wax was musically influenced at an early age by artists he saw on MTV such as Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses and N.W.A. He received his first guitar at age 10 and started a band called MacGregor. After MacGregor disbanded, Wax relocated to California. While in Los Angeles, Wax and his twin brother, Herbal T, began posting videos of rhymes and skits on YouTube, subsequently leading to millions of views. Considered the "next great white rapper" by GlideMagazine.com, Wax released a 17-track digital album earlier this year titled Scrublife Mixtape featuring the single "Two Wheels." He is currently working on his debut full-length release.
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