GRAMMYs On The Road With La Vida Bohéme And Questlove
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 GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-nominated alternative rock group La Vida Bohéme and Questlove of GRAMMY winners the Roots.
La Vida Bohéme discussed their debut album, Nuestra, their creative live performances and the Argentinian music industry.
"This is [how] we think our music looks," said guitarist/vocalist Henry D'Arthenay, pointing to the band's paint-covered presentation. "If you were in Venezuela [at] our shows, people would throw paint at you, you would throw paint at them and you would throw paint at us and we would throw paint at you. And it would be kind of like communion."
Formed in Caracas, Venezuela, by Sebastian Ayala (drums), D'Arthenay, Daniel De Sousa (guitar/vocals), and Rafael Perez (bass), La Vida Bohéme's influences span the Clash, LCD Soundsystem and Mano Negra. Their debut album, Nuestra, was released in the United States in May 2011 and garnered two Latin GRAMMY nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song for "Radio Capital," as well as a GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin, Pop, Rock, Or Urban Album. The band has performed at major festivals such as Vive Latino in Mexico and South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
Questlove discussed winning a GRAMMY Award, his definition of success and future plans for the Roots.
"My main concern is doing collaborative projects with my heroes that I grew up with," said Questlove. "I'm gunning for Bill Withers. That's my dream."
The Roots were formed in 1987 by high school friends rapper Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. The group has since included as many as 10 members, including rapper Malik B., guitarist "Captain" Kirk Douglas, bassist Leon "Hub Moore" Hubbard, and beatboxer Rahzel, among others. The group's major label debut, Do You Want More?!!!??!, was released in 1995 and peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. With the release of 1999's Things Fall Apart the Roots earned their first GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "You Got Me." In 2011 Questlove earned a GRAMMY for Best Pop Instrumental Album as a featured artist on Booker T. Jones' The Road From Memphis. The Roots' most recent GRAMMYs came in 2010 for Best R&B Album for Wake Up! with GRAMMY winner John Legend, and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Hang On In There." The group's most recent album, Undone, was released in December 2011 and peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200.