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It Goes To 11: Why LP Will Never Part With Her Custom Martin Acoustic Guitar
Watch emotive rocker LP declare her undying love for her Nashville-tuned Martin guitar and describe what makes it "magic"
LP's music is alive and filled with emotion, rock for the tender-hearted. She uses guitars and ukuleles to transmit her feelings into music, and one ranks supreme among the rest: her custom Marty Robbins guitar.
Made by Martin, the size 5 acoustic guitar has what LP describes as a "harpy sound." As she explains in her episode of It Goes To 11, the high-tuned instrument has allowed her to access different emotions and sounds than her also-beloved ukuleles.
"It has some magic to it," the New York-born singer/songwriter muses. Her tiny dog seems to agree, as he prances into the room at the first strum.
Many of LP's songs have come from the custom Martin model, one of the many reasons she's so connected to it. "I will never get rid of this guitar," she declares. "I don't care if you threaten my life."
Hear LP explain why this guitar is such a joy to use above, and make sure to visit GRAMMY.com every Wednesday for new episodes of It Goes To 11.
GRAMMYs On The Road At SXSW With The Temper Trap And LP
Backstage with the Temper Trap and LP at the conference's 26th annual installment
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.
Come back to GRAMMY.com tomorrow for more exclusive backstage interviews from GRAMMYs On The Road At SXSW.
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It Goes To 11: Scott Kirkland Unveils The Synthesizer That Helped The Crystal Method Find Its Sound
Meet the synthesizer that the Crystal Method's Scott Kirkland has used on every album in this episode of It Goes To 11.
Over the course of the almost three decades Scott Kirkland has spent making music as the Crystal Method — which became Kirkland's solo project when former bandmate Ken Jordan departed in 2017 — he has always depended on a great synthesizer to help him create his signature sound.
In this episode of It Goes To 11, Kirkland introduces the trusty synth that has helped the Vegas-based electronic outfit form its signature sound. "It's been in the Crystal Method family for every album," he says.
That's the Roland Jupiter-6, a piece of gear that Kirland says he originally picked up thanks to LA-based classified ads paper The Recycler — the same legendary paper that once helped bassist Duff McKagen join Guns 'n' Roses and put Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee in touch with guitarist Mick Mars to form Motley Crue.
"There would be, like, 20 to 30 people every morning at 6 a.m. out there getting 'em, ripping 'em open to put 'em on their car," Kirkland remembers. "Some people were looking for free items, some people were looking for cars, and there was a group of us that were always looking for synthesizers. I'm sure that's how we found it."
The now-discontinued JP-6 is well-known for its ability to produce a wide array of sounds. To Kirkland, that's what makes it great. "I always love sounds that seem to be antagonizing each other," he explains, adding that it can easily create texture, sonic juxtaposition and — because the Crystal Method is not a vocal group — create sounds that are ear-catching enough to serve as a main melody.
"It feels like an old friend. Like having a conversation with an old friend. I would never get rid of this old friend. But if I ever had the opportunity to buy a new friend, I would," he jokes. "If any of you out there want to donate your Jupiter-6 to the Crystal Method, I promise you, I will give it a fantastic home."
Hear more about Kirkland's trusty synth in this episode of It Goes To 11, and check back for new episodes.
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It Goes To 11: SOJA Frontman Jacob Hemphill Explains How His PRS Modern Eagle II Furthered A Bond And Captured His Soul
SOJA vocalist and guitarist Jacob Hemphill details his initial reaction to his prized guitar — what he describes as "the most expensive thing I own" — and how the instrument changed his relationship with his father
What was your reaction to receiving the most expensive thing you own? If you're anything like SOJA frontman Jacob Hemphill, your feelings probably teetered between shock and a newfound sense of responsibility.
"I had never seen anything that was this well made in my life, and let alone, I was the one who was supposed to hold it and play it and make it sing. I couldn't believe that," Hemphill recalls in his episode of It Goes To 11.
Watch the three-time GRAMMY nominee explain the soul-bonding relationship between himself and his PRS Modern Eagle II Singlecut — and how it also bonded the singer and his father.
Hemphill and the Modern Eagle II have proven to make a great duo so far. The SOJA vocalist and guitarist has led the band to three GRAMMY nominations for Best Reggae Album, including a nod at this year's GRAMMY Awards for their 2021 album, Beauty In Silence.
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Watch Singer/Songwriter LP Reveal The "Emergency Food" That Gets Her Through Shows
In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, watch singer/songwriter LP encourage listeners to stay hydrated and reveal her "emergency food" on tour
Alt-rock singer/songwriter LP will be the first to admit that she forgets to eat enough before shows. But she’s found a brilliant go-to in good old peanut butter.
"If you take like two spoonfuls of peanut butter — you gotta follow it with a bunch of water — you’ll be good," the New York native says with a laugh. "Emergency food, you know?"
Peanut butter and water are two things LP always needs backstage, as she explains in the below video. While she stresses the importance of staying hydrated, she’ll make an exception for particular locations — vodka in Russia, wine in Italy.
In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, let LP take you on a tour of her backstage consumables and provide a bird's-eye view of what performers need while on the road.
Check out the quirky clip above and check below for more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.