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 indie rock group the Temper Trap and pop/rock singer/songwriter LP.
The Temper Trap's bassist Jonathon Aherne and vocalist Dougy Mandagi discussed their forthcoming self-titled release, music their currently listening to, the formation of the band, and social media, among other topics.
"We sold out our first U.S. tour by just announcing it on Facebook, which shows you the power that [social media] has," said Aherne. "It's connecting us with our fans [and] it's something we're running and something that we have power over. It's kind of amazing the contact you can have with people that actually do care about the band."
Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 2005, the Temper Trap features Aherne, Toby Dundas (drums), Joseph Greer (keyboards), Mandagi, and Lorenzo Sillitto (guitar). The band built a local following after performing at the St. Jerome's Laneway Festival in 2006, and subsequently released their debut EP that same year. The EP caught the interest of producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys), who later came onboard to produce the Temper Trap's debut album, 2009's Conditions. The album peaked at No. 28 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and featured the Top 20 Rock Songs hit "Sweet Disposition," which was also featured in the film (500) Days Of Summer. The Temper Trap are currently on tour throughout Australia, Europe, the UK, and the United States, with select dates scheduled through July. Their self-titled album is set for release in the United States on June 5.
LP discussed her musical mentors, songwriting inspiration, vocal training, and advice for aspiring artists, among other topics.
"Really concentrate on your writing," LP advises aspiring artists. "If you want to do this, you have to have songs, at least even one song. You have to work on your craft and get better at your instrument and get better at writing songs and figure out how you can write songs that mean something to you and deliver what you are inside and what you feel inside. … It takes dedication."
New York-based singer/songwriter LP began her music career as the frontwoman for the New York band Lionfish during the late '90s. After garnering the interest of producer/songwriter David Lowery during a live performance, she appeared on alternative rock band Cracker's 1998 album Gentleman's Blues, with whom she subsequently toured. In 2001 LP released her debut solo album, Heart-Shaped Scar, drawing comparisons to artists such as Maggie Bell, Pat Benatar and Robert Plant. Her sophomore effort, Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol, followed in 2004 and featured "The Darkside," which was co-written by LP with Linda Perry. During GRAMMY Week in February, LP performed at the One Night Only: A Celebration Of The Live Music Experience — the GRAMMY Foundation's 14th Annual Music Preservation Project. On Feb. 24 she released "Into The Wild," the title track from her forthcoming EP/DVD set for release on April 24. LP is currently on tour throughout the United States, with select dates scheduled through June.
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