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.
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(The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza: Videography by Colleen Mares and Thomas Brankin; Interviews by Jackson Abbeduto, Kiana Basu, Liz Gassner and Max O'Kane)
The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza 2011: Arctic Monkeys, Atmosphere, Black Cards, Haley Bonar, Cage The Elephant, Cults, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Deadmau5, Dani Deahl, Deluka, DJ Lady D, Fitz And The Tantrums, Foster The People, Gold Motel, Ellie Goulding, Skylar Grey, Mayer Hawthorne, Kids These Days, Le Butcherettes, Maps & Atlases, My Morning Jacket, Tab The Band, and Young The Giant