Matoma On Playing Lolla 2019: "It's All About Spreading Love & Positivity, That's Why I'm Here"


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Matoma On Playing Lolla 2019: "It's All About Spreading Love & Positivity, That's Why I'm Here"

While On The Road At Lollapalooza 2019, Norwegian DJ and producer Matoma sat down with the Recording Academy to talk about his single "Bruised Not Broken," working with MNEK, when his next single is coming out and more

GRAMMYs/Aug 4, 2019 - 07:22 am

Norwegian DJ and producer Matoma has played Chicago many times, but this weekend marks his first-ever time playing Lollapalooza. He's pretty excited; the Windy City fest is an institution he really respects.

"Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the U.S.," he exclusively tells the Recording Academy. "I think Lollapalooza in general has delivered so many years of quality, good festivals. It's organized. They bring big acts but they also see the future in the up-and-coming ones."

As for what he brings to his set, Matoma says he tries not to overthink anything when playing to a live audience. "I always try to play fresh new tunes that I believe in. Mash-ups, remixes that I've worked on. It's just a good combination. [If] people feel connected to the music, I'm more than happy. Music isn't rocket science, it's all about the good vibes."

Matoma also chatted about his collab with GRAMMY nominees MNEK, "Bruised But Not Broken," which, turns out, only took 40 minutes to produce in the studio. "Once Kiana [Lede] got locked and recorded her parts, it sounded amazing," he says. "I'm super-pumped and happy. If you ask me, every song I make is the best song I make."

And heads up: Matoma has a new single coming very soon, on August 23, to be exact. "It's called 'All Around The World,'" he tells us. "Basically it's a happy sing-along tune that's about finding that special person wherever it is, all around the world and traveling with that person and sharing moments and experiences and not taking anything for granted."

Watch Matoma's interview in full above, and stay tuned for more Lolla 2019 coverage, right here on

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

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

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



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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The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza With My Morning Jacket, Skylar Grey

Backstage with My Morning Jacket and Skylar Grey at the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

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 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)

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Exclusive: BONES On "Creature" & Music As A Platform For Empowerment


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Exclusive: BONES On "Creature" & Music As A Platform For Empowerment

British rock duo talks about their music and their message backstage at Lollapalooza

GRAMMYs/Aug 6, 2018 - 05:17 am

The abrasive beauty of BONES' sound and look comes through in everything the British rock duo produce. Case at point: their latest single and video for "Creature" shows off their ability to cut razor-sharp and tie it all together with a killer hook. Now that they've relocated to the U.S. and are about to go on tour opening for the likes of Stone Temple PilotsBush, The Cult, and Palaye Royale, the future is bright for BONES.

Backstage at Lollapalooza, we talked to Rosie Bones and Carmen Vandenberg of BONES to talk about "Creature," how they use music as a platform for empowerment and their edgy sound.

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