The Recording Academy Texas Chapter recently played host for GRAMMYs On The Road at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, held Oct. 12–14 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including garage rock revivalists Black Lips and New Orleans brass band the Soul Rebels.
Black Lips discussed touring, working with GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Mark Ronson and performing live, among other topics.
"[We] go all the way, all the time. There's no 'I' in team, but there's an 'I' in win and that's what we do every single day," said vocalist/guitarist Cole Alexander.
Based in Atlanta, Black Lips comprise Alexander, Joe Bradley (drums/vocals), Ian St. Pé (guitar/vocals), and Jared Swilley (bass/vocals). Combining elements of garage-flavored punk rock, Southern rock and blues, the quartet is known for their wild live performances. They've released three albums that peaked in the Top 20 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart: Good Bad Not Evil (No. 18, 2007), 200 Million Thousand (No. 12, 2009) and, most recently, 2011's Arabia Mountain, which climbed to No. 1.
The Soul Rebels discussed recording their latest album, 2012's Unlock Your Mind, and their musical influences and creative inspirations, among other topics.
"We found out a lot about ourselves during [the recording] process," said saxist Erion Williams. "We tried to expand the New Orleans traditional brass band music and tried to make it more urban, more hip-hop-influenced [and] more funk-influenced. Our main goal was to … give people a broader spectrum of what we do."
Formed in New Orleans, the Soul Rebels include Julian Gosin (trumpet), Marcus Hubbard (trumpet), Edward Lee Jr. (sousaphone), Lumar LeBlanc (snare drum), Derrick Moss (bass drum), Corey Peyton (trombone), Paul Robertson (trombone), and Williams. With a sound spanning traditional brass, jazz and hip-hop, the Soul Rebels released their debut album, Let Your Mind Be Free, in 1994. Subsequent studio releases include 1998's No More Parades and 2004's Rebelution. Released in January, Unlock Your Mind peaked at No. 14 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart. Soul Rebels are scheduled to perform select dates in the United States through January.