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Louis The Child at Gov Ball 2019
Louis The Child Talk Exploring New Sounds On Each Song, Debut Album & Remixing Death Cab For Cutie
"We're always trying to move our boundaries a little bit with each song, and each song to be a different mixture of genres in its own unique way," Freddy Kennett, half of the upbeat electronic duo, told the Recording Academy
Chicago-based dance music duo Louis The Child was one of only a few acts able to play on Sunday at the recent Governors Ball, in between torrential down pours taking over the final day of the fest. Despite the change of plans - and the shortened set length - Freddy Kennett and Robby Hauldren were calm and friendly just before their set, more than ready to hit the stage after how much time they've been spending in the studio lately. That's right, Louis The Child are working on an album, and it'd debatable who is more excited about it, the duo or their fans.
Before they got the crowd dancing during their high energy Gov Ball set, the Recording Academy caught up with the pair to learn more about their return to the N.Y.C. fest and what they've got brewing on their upcoming debut LP. They also talked about recently throwing down during DJ sets at the brand-new state-of-art KAOS club in Las Vegas, setting the bar high with fun merch offerings, and more.
Have you two been busy working on music lately?
Freddy Kennett: Like every single day for the first time in three years because we've been traveling so much.
Robby Hauldren: We're still in the studio when we're home all the time, but-
Kennett: Well, yeah, but for the first time in like three years, we've had actually a good amount of time in one place to just be working on music. Like, this Gov Ball we had a month and some change before this, where we just working on music and didn't have to travel. That's so nice.
Hauldren: Yes it is.
Kennett: We love touring and playing music for people, but we also love making the music and that's important too.
It's gotta be kind of like culture shock to get out of the studio and back out in the wild with all these people.
Kennett: Get a little tan maybe.
Hauldren: I forgot what it's like to be around people.
What do you guys think about Governors Ball? Was it your first time?
Kennett: We love Governors Ball. This is our second time being here.
Hauldren: I think the last time we played here was like three years ago and I remember we had like a 12:45 p.m. time slot or something. I remember showing up and being like, all right, well prepare for nobody to be there. And then like we got up on stage and the tent's like half full. By the end of the set it was packed and I was like okay, Gov Ball doesn't mess around.
It's cool to be back now and be playing like a nighttime slot and you know, have all this other music that we've put out since then. And you know the festival itself even looks different since the last time we've been here. So I'm happy to be back.
Kennett: It's a beautiful field. I love it.
Hauldren: Beautiful field, great grass.
Kennett: Great grass.
Speaking of new music, the Death Cab for Cutie remix you did recently is really cool. Can you tell us how that came together?
Kennett: We sent them an email asking them if we could remix it. Well actually, I asked Matt, one of our managers to go and send them that message because we love that song. And I just heard it and I was like we need to be doing some more indie remixes this year. I mean, we need to put out some more of that because we love that. Like doing that and just that vibe. So it was really fun to make it and it took probably like a month to finish up. But then like we got a little mix done and then it's out now and we're stoked about it.
Hauldren: We're playing it tonight.
Kennett: Yep, playing it tonight.
What can you tell us about the new album? How does it feel and sound to you so far?
Hauldren: It's still in a pretty early stages. Only a couple of songs are done and we still are creating a lot of music along the way. It's cool to be making more stuff as we're trying to finish it, because we can kind of fill in all these gaps and we have a much better idea of like the concept of it and the idea of the album going into writing stuff.
Kennett: We do have the full concept of what we want it to be about pretty locked in. And we won't share that just yet. But it's really cool because we've been wanting to make an album but we haven't had a full concept that we're like this is the debut Louis The Child concept album. So now to have that and to kind of know what we want to be saying, know how we're feeling, it's really cool to be able to put that into music.
Can't wait. I heard you guys are doing a Vegas residency. Can you tell me a little about it?
Hauldren: We are.
Hauldren: We actually, we just had our first show of the residency two nights ago.
Kennett: At KAOS.
Hauldren: It was really fun. The club itself is insane, like crazy production and everything.
Kennett: Crazy sound system, great visuals.
Hauldren: It's fun to play out there because every show out there is like two hours sets and between the two of us, we kind of go into it just being like, "All right let's start here and we'll see what happens."
So it's fun. It's an opportunity to play a lot of stuff that we don't get to play in our normal shows and show people a little bit more of like what our music taste is and stuff. I'm enjoying it so far.
Kennett: It's fun. It's definitely a different mixing style than being at other places. And it's fun to dip into that for a minute.
One of the things that strikes me about you guys is I think you're kind of pushing back against genre.
Do you think we're in a genre-less place or at least for Louis the Child, are you guys in a genre-less world?
Kennett: I think every song we try to do something new and branch out. Like we'll hear something really cool from 20 years ago and that inspires us to do something new that sounds kind of new for us. But yeah, we're always just trying to like move our boundaries a little bit with each song and each song to be a different kind of mixture of genres in its own unique way.
Hauldren: I feel like the modern day music listener like has access to so much music and everyone just listens to everything. So it's a time where artists can really feel like they can do whatever because they know that everyone's kind of down with hearing everything.
Kennett: And at the end of the day it's really about the rhythms and melodies. If the rhythms and melodies make you feel something or not, or if they make you feel the way that it was intended. So, aside from the music.
That's going to make for a great first album. So, your merch is really rad. How important is the visual look for the band?
Hauldren: The merch is definitely very important to us and I think we're even trying to level up even more on the merch. I mean it's cool. I feel like a lot of artists merchandise these days is not just like the straight logo on a shirt, like basic stuff. It's almost like a fashion line now, you know, with your merch. So it's cool that people are down with that and it's cool to explore that like avenue of our creativity with clothing.
Kennett: We're still just at the beginning of that too, diving into the merch world because we definitely have way more ideas than we've been able to execute just yet. Because everything just takes time, getting to a place where you can, you know, do what you want to do.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.
Find Out Who's Nominated For Best Rap Album | 2020 GRAMMY Awards
Dreamville, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Tyler, The Creator, and YBN Cordae all earn nominations in the category
The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Best Rap Album. While we'll have to wait until the 62nd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Jan. 26 to find out who will win, let's take a look at which albums have been nominated for Best Rap Album.
Revenge of the Dreamers III – Dreamville
Dreamers III, the third installment in the label’s Revenge of the Dreamers compilation series, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and achieved gold status this past July. In addition to a Best Rap Album nod, Dreamers III is also nominated for Best Rap Performance next year for album track “Down Bad,” featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, and Young Nudy.
Championships – Meek Mill
In many ways, Championships represents a literal and metaphorical homecoming for Meek Mill. Released in November 2018, Championships is the Philadelphia rapper’s first artist album following a two-year prison sentence he served after violating his parole in 2017. Championships, naturally, sees Meek tackling social justice issues stemming from his prison experience, including criminal justice reform. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his second chart-topper following 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money, and reached platinum status in June 2019. Meek Mill's 2020 Best Rap Album nod marks his first-ever GRAMMY nomination.
i am > i was – 21 Savage
Breakout rapper and four-time GRAMMY nominee 21 Savage dropped i am > i was, his second solo artist album, at the end of 2018. The guest-heavy album, which features contributions from Post Malone, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, and many others, has since charted around the world, topped the Billboard 200 – a first for the artist – in the beginning of 2019, and achieved gold status in the U.S. As well, nine songs out of the album’s 15 original tracks landed on the Hot 100 chart, including multi-platinum lead single “A Lot,” which is also nominated for Best Rap Song next year. 21 Savage’s 2020 Best Rap Album nomination, which follows Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance nods for his 2017 Post Malone collaboration, "Rockstar,” marks his first solo recognition in the top rap category.
IGOR – Tyler, The Creator
The eccentric Tyler, The Creator kicked off a massive 2019 with his mid-year album, IGOR. Released this past May, IGOR, Tyler’s fifth solo artist album, is his most commercially successful project to date. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking his first time topping the coveted chart, while its lead single, "Earfquake,” peaked at No. 13, his highest entry on the Hot 100. Produced in full by Tyler and featuring guest spots from fellow rap and R&B stars Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange, and Playboi Carti, among many others, IGOR follows the rapper’s 2017 album, Flower Boy, which received the Best Rap Album nod that same year.
The Lost Boy – YBN Cordae
Emerging rapper YBN Cordae, a member of the breakout YBN rap collective, released his debut album, The Lost Boy, to widespread critical acclaim this past July. The 15-track release is stacked with major collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights, including Anderson .Paak, Pusha T, Meek Mill, and others, plus production work from J. Cole and vocals from Quincy Jones. After peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, The Lost Boy now notches two 2020 GRAMMY nominations: Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for album track “Bad Idea,” featuring Chance the Rapper.
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Rosalía Announces First Solo North American Tour
El Mal Querer Tour, named after the Spanish pop star's latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performances
Rosalía is set to perform at some of the most popular music festivals around the globe, including Primavera Sound in Spain, Lollapalooza (Argentina and Chile) and Coachella, but the Spanish pop star isn't stopping there when she gets to the States. Now, she has announced her first solo North American Tour with a string of dates that will bring her to select cities in the U.S. and Canada.
El Mal Querer Tour, named after her latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performances. Then she'll play San Francisco on April 22, New York on April 30 and close out in Toronto on May 2.
"I’m so happy to announce my first solo North American tour dates," the singer tweeted.
Rosalía won Best Alternative Song and Best Fusion/ Urban Interpretation at the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards in November and has been praised for bringing flamenco to the limelight with her hip-hop and pop beats. During her acceptance speech she gave a special shout-out to female artists who came before her, including Lauryn Hill and Bjork.
Rosalía has been getting some love herself lately, most notably from Alicia Keys, who gave the Spanish star a shout-out during an acceptance speech, and Madonna, who featured her on her Spotify International Women's Day Playlist.
Tickets for the tour go on sale March 22. For more tour dates, visit Rosalía's website.