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 folk rockers Milo Greene and Youth Lagoon, the pop/rock project of singer/songwriter Trevor Powers.
Milo Greene's Marlana Sheetz and Robbie Arnett discussed the band's biggest career milestones, social media, performing at South by Southwest, and their favorite GRAMMY moments, among other topics.
"One of the biggest moments was [the] first show we [played] with the Civil Wars," said Sheetz. "Afterwards, people were [asking for] our autographs and photos. It was really overwhelming, but amazing at the same time."
Hailing from Los Angeles, Milo Greene was originally the fictional character used to promote the creative endeavors of college friends and vocalists/guitarists Arnett, Sheetz and Andrew Heringer. The band later added bassist Graham Fink and drummer Curtis Marrero and began performing as Milo Greene, subsequently landing slots on tour with artists including the Belle Brigade, GRAMMY winners the Civil Wars and Grouplove. Milo Greene released a four-song EP, The Hello Sessions, in 2011. The folk/rock quintet is currently on tour throughout the United States through May, including select dates in support of the Civil Wars. Their full-length debut album is set to be released in 2012.
Powers discussed music education, his biggest career moments and favorite GRAMMY moments, among other topics.
"My musical education really started off with taking piano lessons when I was just a little kid," said Powers. "Most [kids' parents] force them into taking lessons. … I don’t agree with that at all. … [Music] is such a powerful thing. If you're doing it for the wrong reasons, do not do it."
Powers began writing songs while studying at Boise State University. He posted his first song under the moniker Youth Lagoon in May 2011 and subsequently earned a record deal with Fat Possom Records. That year he released Youth Lagoon's debut album, The Year Of Hibernation, which features eight songs penned by Powers reflecting emotions such as heartache and anxiety. The album peaked in the Top 50 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart. "I don't think I could ever write a completely happy album," Powers has said of his music. "It's not that I'm not a happy person, but I just have too many things in my mind that haunt me."
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