The GRAMMYs At Lollapalooza With Young The Giant And DJ Lady D

Backstage with Young The Giant and DJ Lady D at the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza
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    Young The Giant's Sameer Gadhia and Jacob Tilley
  • DJ Lady D
August 22, 2011 -- 3:44 pm PDT

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 band Young The Giant and DJ Lady D.

DJ Lady D discussed her career, the evolution of Lollapalooza and its diverse lineup, being a woman in the male-dominated electronic scene, tips for aspiring female DJs, and more.

"Get your technique down [and] get your skills together," said Lady D when asked about her advice for aspiring female DJs. "[Being a DJ is] really technical and you've got to learn that element."

Known as Chicago's "Queen of House Music," Darlene Jackson aka Lady D has rocked dance floors from the United States to Russia. She emerged as one of the first female DJs on Chicago's hot underground dance scene in the early '90s. Lady D also currently hosts and produces a talk music show on Chicago radio station WBEW-FM and is owner of her own record label, D'lectable Music.

Young The Giant lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia spoke about the concept behind the single and music video for "Cough Syrup," his musical influences, how he met his bandmates while in high school, and the band's unique chemistry, among other topics.

"We've been playing with each other for such a long time," said Gadhia on the band's musical chemistry. "We feel very comfortable writing together. Any maturity that we have comes from [us] playing [together] since we were 14 years old."

Hailing from Irvine, Calif., Young The Giant features Gadhia, Eric Cannata (guitar/vocals), Francois Comtois (drums/vocals), Payam Doostzadeh (bass), and Jacob Tilley (guitar). The quintet was named one of Spin's 35 Must-Hear Acts at SXSW in 2011. Their self-titled debut album was released on Roadrunner Records in January and features "Cough Syrup" and "My Body," the latter of which peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart. Young The Giant is scheduled to perform on the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28 and will open dates for Incubus in the United States starting on Aug. 30.

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)

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

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