The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza With Le Butcherettes And Mayer Hawthorne

Backstage with Le Butcherettes and Mayer Hawthorne 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 from Aug. 5–7 in Chicago's Grant Park. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including indie rock trio Le Butcherettes and neo-soul artist Mayer Hawthorne.

Le Butcherettes spoke about their roots in Mexico and the underground Mexican music scene, moving to the United States, performing live, and their immediate future plans, among other topics.

"I consider this band not to be a typical rock band," said frontwoman Teri Gender Bender. "I think it's an artistic project more than anything, which makes it possible to do whatever we want. [We have] no limitations."

Le Butcherettes were formed in Mexico City in 2008 by vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Teri Gender Bender, who later moved to Los Angeles and added drummer Gabe Serbian and bassist Jonathan Hischke. In 2010 the band signed with Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez's label, Rodriguez-Lopez Productions, releasing "Henry Don't Got Love" as a free download. Their debut album, Sin Sin Sin, was released in 2011 and features 13 songs penned by Teri Gender Bender. Le Butcherettes recently completed a U.S. tour with Deftones and the Dillinger Escape Plan and will play select West Coast dates in September.

Soul artist/producer Mayer Hawthorne discussed his parents' positive music influence, his favorite artists, moving to Los Angeles, his love of vinyl and computer technology, and his forthcoming new album, among other topics.

"A lot of people think I live in a soul bubble," said Hawthorne regarding his music influences. "[My influences are] really across the board. I try to incorporate a little bit of everything in my music."

Hailing from Ann Arbor, Mich., Hawthorne moved to Los Angeles with hopes of becoming a hip-hop artist. After Peanut Butter Wolf from Stones Throw Records heard a collection of his soul-influenced demos, Hawthorne was signed to the label and released a single featuring "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out" and "When I Said Goodbye." His debut album, A Strange Arrangement, was released in 2009 and reached No. 2 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers Albums chart. With influences varying from Curtis Mayfield and J-Dilla to Frank Sinatra and the Doobie Brothers, Hawthorne's music crosses various genres. Hawthorne will kick off a U.S. tour with electronic/funk group Chromeo in September and his new album, How Do You Do, is scheduled for release in October.

Come back to tomorrow for more exclusive backstage interviews from The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza.

(The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza: Videography by Colleen Mares and Thomas Brankin; Interviews by Jackson Abbeduto, Kiana Basu, Liz Gassner and Max O'Kane)

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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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Mayer Hawthorne Opens A New Door
Mayer Hawthorne

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Mayer Hawthorne Opens A New Door

Alternative R&B singer/songwriter visits The Recording Academy to discuss his new album, Where Does This Door Go, and performs a brief acoustic set

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

Alternative R&B singer/songwriter Mayer Hawthorne recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive interview and perform a brief acoustic set. Hawthorne discussed his first big break, the artists who have influenced him and his new album, Where Does This Door Go, among other topics. Hawthorne performed "Wine Glass Woman" and "Reach Out Richard" from Where Does This Door Go.

"[This is] the first album that I've ever done that I did not produce entirely myself," said Hawthorne. "It's called Where Does This Door Go because I had no idea how it was going to come out. It was about a brand-new adventure going through a door that I did not know what was on the other side."

Hailing from Ann Arbor, Mich., Hawthorne grew up listening to the rich soul, jazz and Motown music of Detroit and cites artists such as Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Smokey Robinson, and producer J-Dilla among his influences. After Hawthorne moved to Los Angeles, Stones Throw Records head Peanut Butter Wolf heard a collection of his soul-influenced demos and signed him. Hawthorne's debut album, A Strange Arrangement, was released in 2009 and reached No. 2 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers Albums chart. He followed with 2011's How Do You Do, which peaked at No. 8 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

Released on July 16, Where Does This Door Go features the lead single "Her Favorite Song" and "Crime" featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar. The album was co-produced by Hawthorne and GRAMMY winners Jack Splash and Pharrell Williams, among others.

Hawthorne is currently scheduled to perform select dates on tour with OneRepublic, and will kick off a solo North American tour on Sept. 9 in Burlington, Vt.

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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Le Butcherettes Release Album That Tackles Mental Health, Announce Tour

Le Butcherettes

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Le Butcherettes Release Album That Tackles Mental Health, Announce Tour

The band's first album in three years is out next year, and they've announced a North American tour in support of it

GRAMMYs/Nov 27, 2018 - 11:34 pm

Fans of Le Butcherettes have been patiently waiting. Their most recent album, 2015's A Raw Youth, brought their bold, theatrical style and sound to bigger audiences. Now their fans have much to celebrate as the band have announced the release of a new album complete with a supporting tour.

Bi/MENTAL will be released on Feb. 1, and album features production work from Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison, according to Consequence of Sound. The album's first single, "father/ELOHIM,"was released on Nov. 26 along with the announcement.

Front woman Teri Gender Bender told Consequence Of Sound the album deals with family and mental health.

“Essentially, this record was inspired by the death of a living mother but none of that matters anymore,” Bender said. "A disconnection in itself is so ravage so confusing it leaves one feeling incomplete… is there hope? Is there light?”

The band, which is named after Gender Bender's desire to find other people who felt their spirit had been metaphorically butchered, will embark on North American tour launching Feb. 5 in Tustin, Calif. For more information on their tour visit Le Butcherettes' website.

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