GRAMMYs On The Road At SXSW With K.Flay And Mmoths
The Recording Academy Texas Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At South by Southwest during the conference's 26th annual installment from March 9–18 in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists participating during the music portion of the conference, including hip-hop artist K.Flay and indie electronica artist Mmoths.
K.Flay discussed her musical beginnings, creative influences, biggest career moments, and social media, among other topics.
"There was something about it that was really compelling to me," said K.Flay on recording her first rap single. "By nature, rap is a genre that has a lot of opportunities for different rhythms, rhyme schemes and a lot of freedom lyrically. I'm pretty wordy, so rap is the best thing for me."
Chicago native Kristine Flaherty, aka K.Flay, grew up listening to her father's classic rock records and artists such as Parliament-Funkadelic. She began writing music while in college at Stanford University, inspired by artists ranging from Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill to Fiona Apple and Liz Phair. As a live performer, K.Flay creates beats, sings, raps, and plays guitar, and she has shared the stage with artists such as 3OH!3, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg. She has released several mixtapes and EPs, including a self-titled release in 2010 and, most recently, 2012's Eyes Shut. K.Flay is currently on tour throughout the United States, with select dates scheduled through June, including a stop at the Bonnaroo music festival on June 7 in Manchester, Tenn.
Mmoths discussed the differences between the U.S. and Ireland music scenes, his beginnings in electronica music and most memorable career moments, among other topics.
"I never set out to play [my music] live," said Mmoths. "Music was kind of made as a personal thing. I wouldn't say a diary, but it was kind of just different thoughts put together. But then I uploaded it to the Internet and it took off from there."
Born Jack Colleran in Newbridge, Ireland, Mmoths grew up listening to classic rock artists such as AC/DC before becoming interested in electronica music. He began writing music at age 17 and, after posting several tracks online, attracted the interest of Los Angeles-based record label SQE Music. Earlier this year Mmoths released his debut self-titled EP featuring five songs with guest vocals from indie electronica group Superhumanoids and electronica duo Keep Shelly In Athens.