The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At The Sasquatch! Music Festival, held May 25–28 in George, Wash. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including indie pop/rock band Said The Whale and Seattle hip-hop artist Sol.
Said The Whale discussed performing at Sasquatch!, the band's formation and songwriting, among other topics.
"Generally the way the band works is Ben [Worcester] and I [write] the bare bones of the songs and then they get flushed out by the rest of the band," said vocalist/guitarist Tyler Bancroft. "For this record it was certainly more collaborative than ever before."
Formed in Vancouver, British Canada, by Bancroft and Worcester, Said The Whale also features Jaycelyn Brown (keyboards), Spencer Schoening (drums) and Nathan Shaw (bass). In 2007 the band released their debut album, Taking Abalonia, followed by 2009's Islands Disappear. In 2011 Said The Whale were named New Group of the Year at Canada's Juno Awards. Their most recent album, Little Mountain, was released in March.
Sol discussed the Seattle music scene, early musical influences and starting his music career at a young age, among other topics.
"We're still creating our [hip-hop] sound [in Seattle] and we don't really have just one sound," said Sol. "There's a lot of resources out here but you can still have a chance to change what Seattle hip-hop is going to sound like."
A native of Seattle, Sol began making music at 15. Combining elements of soul and hip-hop, Sol released his debut series of EPs, Dear Friends volumes one, two and three, in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. His debut album, The Ride, was released in 2009. Sol has since toured with artists such as Big Sean, Mike Posner and Wu-Tang Clan, among others. His most recent effort, Yours Truly, was released in January.