Bandleader Michael League, keyboardist Bill Laurance, and drummer Robert "Sput" Searight of the instrumental collective Snarky Puppy spoke to Texas Chapter at SXSW in March 2016. "Snarky Puppy is an instrumental band, there's a lot of people who don't even know that," said League. The collective generally performs and records live, with between 20-40 players. Their special projects with vocalists and other musicians have been 2013's Family Dinner Volume One and Feb. 2016 release Family Dinner Volume Two. The song "Something" from the first, recorded in West Virginia, featured Lalah Hathaway and won Best R&B Performance at the 56th GRAMMY Awards. The follow up was a benefit for New Orleans' The Roots Of Music, with the local "Acadian accent" including many guest musicians, such as Susana Baca and jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter's "Molino Molero." The bandmembers discuss 2014's We Like It Here recorded at Kytopia in the Netherlands with a live audience on headphones in the studio. This led to their 2015 album Sylva with Metropole Orkest, winning the category Best Contemporary Instrumental Album just a few weeks before this interview at the 58th GRAMMY Awards. The album Culcha Vulcha that League refers to came out late that April and went on to win the same category again at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. It is the collective's common aspiration to "break down the barriers between the genres," Laurance shared.