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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Afrobeats Star Phyno Requests Finger Foods, Cognac & Positivity Before He Hits the Stage
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Afrobeats Star Phyno Requests Finger Foods, Cognac & Positivity Before He Hits the Stage

In the newest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, Phyno explains why good vibes are essential to setting the mood before a show.

GRAMMYs/May 9, 2022 - 05:14 pm

Before he hits the stage, Nigerian rapper, songwriter and producer Phyno likes to create the perfect setting for positive pre-show energy. He takes the mantra of "eat, drink and be merry" literally: In order to set the mood for a good time, he needs snacks — finger foods, specifically — and his libation of choice.

Phyno breaks down his backstage must-haves in the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas. The singer says his current list includes "finger foods to nibble on." And to drink? "It probably has to be, like, cognac."

After the show, Phyno makes sure he has headphones to allow him ample opportunity to decompress and zone out.

But what's even more important than his backstage must-haves are his backstage must-not-haves, he points out. "What's forbidden backstage to me is negativity. I love to be happy," Phyno says. "I think it rubs off on the crowd. The mood determines how you are before you get on stage."

Creating a positive environment isn't merely for his own benefit. It's actually a key ingredient in making sure that he puts on a show that leaves fans feeling a little lighter than they felt when they walked in. "I love to pass the message along and just keep it positive with the fans," he adds.

Watch the full episode above to hear what other items help Phyno create the perfect backstage vibe — and what he loves most about performing in front of a crowd.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler Has The "Least Picky" Backstage Rider

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler Has The "Least Picky" Backstage Rider

In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society lead singer Jack Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider

GRAMMYs/Jul 8, 2021 - 12:26 am

Some artists make larger-than-life demands on their tour riders—hence the classic urban legend about Van Halen requiring the removal of brown M&Ms. 

For their part, Dead Poet Society have decided to take the opposite tack, as their lead singer, Jack Underkofler, attests in the below clip.

In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society's Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider—including one ordinary pillow to nap on.

Check out the cheeky clip above and click here to enjoy more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Larkin Poe On Their Love For Local Snacks On Tour

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Larkin Poe On Their Love For Local Snacks On Tour

Watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans

GRAMMYs/Sep 1, 2021 - 10:44 pm

You know when you're at a party and the food is so delicious, you wish you had a little more room in your stomach? And if the host gives you a little to-go container when you leave, it's the perfect chef's kiss moment.

For GRAMMY-nominated roots rock 'n roll sister duo Larkin Poe, touring with legendary British artist Elvis Costello was a bit like this. As they explain in the latest episode of GRAMMY.com's Herbal Tea & White Sofas, they loved the gourmet cheese he had backstage so much, they'd wrap up leftovers in napkins to snack on later.

In the video above, watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Country Singer/Songwriter Kylie Morgan Isn't Opposed To A Hot Toddy Backstage
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Country Singer/Songwriter Kylie Morgan Isn't Opposed To A Hot Toddy Backstage

In the below episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Kylie Morgan always goes for Throat Coat backstage — oftentimes with a little whiskey

GRAMMYs/Feb 14, 2022 - 07:30 pm

Herbal Tea & White Sofas' alternate name could be the Throat Coat Fanclub. The video series spotlights artists' backstage faves; unsurprisingly, vocalists shout out the branded tea quite often. 

Joining the throng is Kylie Morgan, a country singer/songwriter who talks about the magic elixir with a giant grin. Given how delicate a singer's instrument can be, she explains that she's a proponent of the beverage.

"It's also really delicious," she clarifies, adding that she might add whiskey and honey to make a hot toddy. Her vocal cords thank her in advance.

In this edition of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, dive into the singer/songwriter's backstage ritual and learn who keeps her going on the road (hint: she has a passionate following). "I am so close to my fans — maybe a little too close," Morgan quips, as a clip rolls of her signing an attendee's arm.

Keep watching for a touching account of how she signed a young fan's guitar — and how it reminded her of three-time GRAMMY winner Miranda Lambert signing her instrument when she was small.

Check out the quirky, poignant clip above, and keep checking back for more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Doug E. Fresh Goes Cuckoo For Coconuts
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Doug E. Fresh Goes Cuckoo For Coconuts

In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, find out why rapper, record producer and beatboxer Doug E. Fresh prefers coconut water as his mode of hydration backstage

GRAMMYs/Feb 21, 2022 - 04:01 pm

When it comes to backstage must-haves, Doug E. Fresh’s first choice lives up to his name. The rapper, who is commonly known as the "Human Beat Box," keeps his pipes smooth with the help of some — ahem — fresh coconuts.

"On my rider, it must be harmless coconut water, or a real coconut," Fresh declares in his appearance on Herbal Tea & White Sofas. "This is what I use to hydrate, and I love it. There’s nothing like coconut water.” 

What is he washing down with that coconut water? Well, if he’s in Chicago, it’s the Windy City’s famous cheese and caramel popcorn, which he boldly deems "the ruler," as opposed to the city’s lauded deep dish pizza.

Fresh also revealed a rather surprising sandwich choice for his post-show treat, one that has been a routine since his days practicing with his pioneering hip-hop group, the Get Fresh Crew.

In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, allow Doug E. Fresh to take you on a tour of the backstage goodies that give him the "focus and energy" to give 110 percent on stage.

Check out the quirky clip above and watch more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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