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Elephante Talks New Side Project With 'How To Get Away With Murder''s Jack Falahee
While On The Road at Lollapalooza 2019, L.A. Producer/DJ Elephante chatted with the Recording Academy about his latest single, "Diamond Days," upcoming tour, how he "keeps it fresh" and more
L.A.-based DJ/Producer Elephante, who is playing Lollapalooza this year, stopped by to chat with the Recording Academy about everything he's been up to lately. First and foremost, he's just released a new song called "Diamond Days," which also happens to be the name of his upcoming fall tour.
"And then I also am starting a side project, a new, completely different thing with my good friend Jack Falahee, who's an actor on How To Get Away With Murder," revealed Elephante. "We actually went to high school together. It's called 'Diplomacy,' and it's a completely new vibe."
When asked how he stays ahead of the curve, artistically, the DJ had a zen response: "It's one of those weird things where you can't try to keep it fresh," he mused. "You either do or you don't. Not to get too Yoda on it, but you just have to find things, you're inspired by and sounds and experiences and stories and just let that guide you and not get too caught up in what's popular or what's working on radio or what's getting critical acclaim.
"My entire career, every time I've tried to fit something into a formula or have a reason for doing something, it's never turned out good," he continued. "And it's always the stuff where it's like, I don't know what's happening. And I don't know where this came from or, this doesn't sound like anything I've heard before. That's the good stuff and that's the stuff that I think fans really react to and really inspire."
Watch Elephante's Lollapalooza 2019 interview with the Recording Academy in full above.
Judah & The Lion
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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
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.
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
"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.
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
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!
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The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza With My Morning Jacket, Skylar Grey
Backstage with My Morning Jacket and Skylar Grey at the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza
The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter played host for The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza during the festival's 20th anniversary installment this past weekend in Chicago's Grant Park. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including GRAMMY-nominated indie rock group My Morning Jacket and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Skylar Grey.
My Morning Jacket — Tom Blankenship (bass), Carl Broemel (guitar), Patrick Hallahan (drums), Jim James (vocals/guitar), and Bo Koster (keys) — discussed headlining Lollapalooza, physical versus digital music, advice for young musicians, and the band's evolution, among other topics.
"We're all about trying to find that special place where time and space stop and you're not anywhere anymore," said James on performing live. "That's our goal always — to try to transcend wherever we are and hope that the audience comes with us."
Formed in 1998 in Louisville, Ky., My Morning Jacket released their debut album, The Tennessee Fire, in 1999. The quintet has released several albums since, including 2008's Evil Urges, which earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Alternative Music Album and peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200. The group took a subsequent three-year hiatus to explore other avenues, with James joining indie rock super group Monsters Of Folk. My Morning Jacket reconvened for 2011's Circuital, which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.
Grey discussed topics such as her forthcoming debut solo album Invinsible, how she got involved in hip-hop, co-writing Eminem and Rihanna's collaboration "Love The Way You Lie," and her transformation from Holly Brook into Skylar Grey, among other topics.
"It's one of those things that I think a lot of people can relate to," said Grey regarding "Invisible," the single off her forthcoming debut album, "Feeling like no matter how hard you try, nobody's noticing. Life is hard and there's a lot of struggle, [but] I just know that there's a reason I'm here. I know that in that gray area of life, in the unknowns, there are also opportunities."
In 2010 Grey received two GRAMMY nominations for Song Of The Year and Best Rap Song for "Love The Way You Lie," a song she co-wrote with Alex Da Kid and Eminem. That same year she collaborated with Dr. Dre and Eminem on "I Need A Doctor," and performed the song with the rappers on the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast in February. Invinsible is due out this fall.
Come back to GRAMMY.com later this week for more exclusive backstage interviews from The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza.
(The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza: Videography by Colleen Mares and Thomas Brankin; Interviews by Kiana Basu and Max O'Kane)
The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza 2011: Arctic Monkeys, Atmosphere, Black Cards, Haley Bonar, Cage The Elephant, Cults, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Deadmau5, Dani Deahl, Deluka, DJ Lady D, Fitz And The Tantrums, Foster The People, Gold Motel, Ellie Goulding, Skylar Grey, Mayer Hawthorne, Kids These Days, Le Butcherettes, Maps & Atlases, My Morning Jacket, Tab The Band, and Young The Giant