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Chicago DJ Whethan Talks New Music, Working With Longtime Faves STRFKR & More

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Chicago DJ Whethan Talks New Music, Working With Longtime Faves STRFKR & More

"I don't want to say too much, but it's definitely going to be different from everything I've put out," the Chicago DJ tells the Recording Academy at Lollapalooza 2019

GRAMMYs/Aug 4, 2019 - 06:48 am

It's not every day that you play a major music festival in your hometown, but that's exactly what DJ/Producer Whethan is up to this weekend at Lollapalooza 2019.

Stopping by to chat with the Recording Academy, Whethan offered a glimpse into his forthcoming debut album, which he says will be rife with exciting collabs. "I have one song dropping pretty soon coming up in a week or two," he revealed. "That's the last song I'm going to drop until the long-awaited album that I've just been grinding preciously for the last year and a half [comes out].... [It's] some of my favorite music ever. Very futuristic, alternative kind of vibes mix. I don't want to say too much, but it's definitely going to be different from everything I've put out."

In terms of said album's collaborations, Whethan definitely has a few he's psyched for. "I'm working with STRFKR, which is an awesome, indie alternative group that I've loved forever," he says. "I have Awolnation kind of things going in the works too. A lot of exciting stuff. I don't want to brag too much more. That's kind of the vibe."

The DJ also touched on how he got his start in music and the electronic figureheads he's been influenced by: "I was really into skateboarding when I was younger," he says. "And I would always watch videos and there was always music playing. I was super into some of the songs I would hear that were very electronic-leaning. I found out later that they were Skrillex and Daft Punk and all these legendary things... I was very inspired by their stuff and just ended up finding my own little path, and here I am now."

Watch Whethan's interview in full above, and stay tuned for more exclusive Lollapalooza 2019 coverage on GRAMMY.com.

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Judah & The Lion On Choosing Hope In Tough Times: "Just Talk About It, And You'll Feel Less Alone"

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Judah & The Lion On Choosing Hope In Tough Times: "Just Talk About It, And You'll Feel Less Alone"

"Choosing hope and choosing a way forward is something that we all have the power to do," the Nashville trio told the Recording Academy at Lollapalooza 2019

GRAMMYs/Aug 7, 2019 - 10:23 pm

Nashville trio Judah & The Lion, a.k.a. singer/guitarist Judah Akers, singer/mandolinist Brian Macdonald and banjoist/singer Nate Zuercher, recently released a powerful third LP called Pep Talks.

Dealing with tough themes like death and divorce, Pep Talks covers some deeply difficult subjects, but it is also the band's way of connecting with audiences, who might be going through their own hard times.

"It's really wild what people are going through in life. People struggle, whether or not they admit it," lead singer Judah Akers tells the Recording Academy at Lollapalooza 2019. "People are going through stuff. And I think that music is such a beautiful way for us to express that. What we like to share is, 'You're not alone in this.'" 

Akers went on, describing the way fans approach him to tell him how the band's music has helped them get through some difficult times: 

"We had somebody the other day who came up to us and say, 'Your song really helped me out. I was wanting to commit suicide, and I listened to it, and I didn't want to anymore.' And I'm like, 'Oh no, dude, it's OK that you're having those thoughts, but go and talk to someone. Express the way that you feel. Somebody that you trust. If you can go to counseling, talk to a friend, talk to a sibling, someone that you love and trust.'

"Nine times out of 10, or 10 times out of 10, in my experience, that person is going to meet you with so much empathy and solidarity. And then you can just talk about it, and you feel less alone in the world. That's what we're trying to do as humans, is figure this sh*t out. Nobody's got it all together. Nobody's perfect. We're just going for it. Choosing hope and choosing a way foward is something that we all have the power to do."

Check out Judah & The Lion's interview in full above. 

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SNAILS On His DJ Battle With Gud Vibrations At Lolla '19

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SNAILS On His DJ Battle With Gud Vibrations At Lolla '19

"It's a dream coming true, it's pretty insane," the Canadian DJ told the Recording Academy

GRAMMYs/Aug 10, 2019 - 12:45 am

DJ and producer SNAILS did his first-ever back-to-back DJ collab set with his label, Slugz Music, for a battle set against Gud Vibrations, a.k.a. NGHTMRE & SLANDER at Lollapalooza 2019.

"It's a dream coming true, it's pretty insane," the Canadian DJ said after the set. "It was cool sharing the stage with them. It was the first time ever, so it was a big moment for us."

Watch the entire interview above.

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Solange Drops New Album, 'When I Get Home'

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Solange Drops New Album, 'When I Get Home'

The R&B singer's previous album was 2016's critically celebrated 'A Seat At The Table'

GRAMMYs/Mar 1, 2019 - 07:06 pm

GRAMMY-winning R&B performer Solange has released a brand-new album, her latest since 2016's A Seat At The Table.

Titled When I Get Home, the 19-track collection features a range of guests, including Panda Bear, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler, the Creator, Gucci Mane, Playboi Carti, Dev Hynes, Cassie, Pharrell, Sampha and more. 

The singer also announced Saint Heron "album experience" events in Houston next Saturday. You can RSVP to them at her website.

Earlier this week, she teased new material by taking over the social network BlackPlanet with photos, GIFs and text. Back in October, she revealed the album was on its way in a feature in New York Times Style Magazine.

Solange won a GRAMMY for Best R&B Performance at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for her A Seat At The Table single "Cranes In The Sky." Listen via Apple Music below. 

Quarantine Diaries: Teenear Is Reading, Doing Cardio & Making Acai Bowls

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Quarantine Diaries: Teenear Is Reading, Doing Cardio & Making Acai Bowls

As the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock the music industry, GRAMMY.com reached out to a few musicians to see how they were spending their days indoors

GRAMMYs/Aug 19, 2020 - 08:10 pm

As the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock the music industry, GRAMMY.com reached out to a few musicians to see how they were spending their days indoors. Today, Miami-based pop/R&B upstart Teenear shares her Quarantine Diary. Teenear's latest single "Free" is available to hear now.

[6:30 a.m.] First thing that I do when I wake up is brush my teeth so I can get to the gym on time without my trainer yelling at me! 


[9:00 a.m.] As soon as I get back home, I hop on the treadmill to get my cardio out of the way. I've really been trying to make sure I stay active during this time of having to be stuck in the house! 

 
[12:00 p.m.] By this time, I'm hopping out of the shower, my adrenaline has finally gone down, and I'm able to make myself and Acai bowl and write in my journal. I also take this time to hit up my team and figure out what I have to get done for the day. 
 
[2:00 p.m.] I start reading the books that I read daily. One of the books I started reading recently is The 365 Bible, which gives you specific versus on each day, and it reads in chronological order of how all the stories actually went. Another book I’m into is The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. This is one amazing book and I’m so happy my mom blessed me with this read! The last book I’m reading right now is A Singer's Compass that is actually written by my vocal coach Cassandra Claude. 

 
[4:00 p.m.] I’m getting dressed to go outside and shoot some content. Creating content from home has definitely become a huge daily task but I'm grateful for it because now I’m able to find new ways to be creative and showcase my personality to my fans.

 
[7:00 p.m.] I try to take this time meditate. Throughout this whole pandemic I’ve been trying to get into new things and meditation has played a big role in me figuring out a little bit more about myself and my surroundings. No, I’m not a yoga person yet! I have tried countless classes and it's not for me just yet, but one day I’ll get into it! 

 
[9:00 p.m.] Usually around this time, if I’m not sitting in a corner somewhere in the house singing, I’m most likely in my bathroom trying a new beauty product I just ordered online. The ads have gotten a little too good during this quarantine!

If you wish to support our efforts to assist music professionals in need, learn more about the Recording Academy's and MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

If you are a member of the music industry in need of assistance, visit the MusiCares website.