News GRAMMY winners the Revolution — (L-R) Bobby Z, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Matt Fink aka Dr. Fink, and Mark Brown aka Brownmark — created legendary recordings with Prince and have been keeping the purple flame burning with their live performance sets. Backstage At ACL Fest 2018 With The Recording Academy | Photo Gallery Visit stars you know and will want to know backstage with us at Austin City Limits FestivalPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 15, 2018 – 11:08 am Multiple stages with artists across wide ranging genres bring festival season to a spectacular close in Texas as Austin City Limits Festival makes Zilker Park the center of attention for two 3-day weekends filed with live music in October. We were backstage filming up-close interviews and taking portraits with some of the festival’s hottest up-and-comers and most-established artists. Take a look at who we hung out with backstage at ACL. (L-R) Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland of Jungle grew up childhood friends in London. They expanded their duo to a seven-piece soul collective, to consistently raise spirits with their rich, funky and inspiring mixes live. Emerging singer/songwriter Jackie Venson is from Austin herself and shouted out her thanks to ACL for not “forgetting about the locals.” Norwegian electronica duo Lemaitre took their name from the Belgian priest who discovered the big bang, which fits their smart grooves well and scientifically suggests that they keep getting more cool. Facebook Live rock/pop favorites Sweet Spirit are Texas’ own and their musical range makes for memorable sets. After a childhood spent listening to movie and vocal classics followed by a college education in jazz, singer/songwriter Molly Burch moved to Austin where her retro-yet-fresh ballads to loss and heartache have helped her break through.Check out our recap for more from Austin City Limits Festival 2018.Backstage At Lollapalooza 2018 With The Recording Academy | Photo GalleryRead more “I love Austin, my music broke here, and so I owe so much to this town,” Elle King told us in her interview, remarking that it was her first time playing the festival. “I think that you have to be cool for Austin to like you.” Photo Gallery: Backstage At ACL Festival 2018 backstage-acl-fest-2018-recording-academy-photo-gallery Brit Dominic Harrison’s Yungblud blends rock with hip-hop with Harrison’s signature high energy. Watching his performance at a recent Lollapalooza afterparty, our writer remarked he got the crowd jumping and might “single-handedly save rock n’ roll with his inspirational lyrics.” Michelle Zauner claimed her stage name Japanese Breakfast because growing up Korean in the U.S., she identified with the influence of Japanese culture here. Beyond being a singer/songwriter with pop influences, her indie stripped-down sound rocks gently while being ambient and transporting. (L-R) Lead vocalist Natassja Shiner and Jack Wilson of Fickle Friends share keyboard duties for the the synth pop quintet whose first album, You Are Someone Else, came out in March 2018. The dark pop musings of Bishop Briggs are often explosively fun, but she shared with us that while playing her new single “Baby” for her parents, her face felt like it was burning when the song reached its chorus. Sharon Van Etten was a multi-instrumentalist and singer as a child, and she later learned the music business behind the scenes. As a performer and recording artist, 2012’s Tramp and 2014’s Are We There were favorites with the critics while both also charted on the Billboard 200. Anticipated in 2019, the indie folk singer’s next release will be Remind Me Tomorrow and she spoke with us about her evolving “new sound.” Pioneer of western swing, Ray Benson and bandmate Katie Shore of Asleep At The Wheel spoke to us about their latest work and the pleasure of playing “hometown gigs.” Email Hozier spoke to us about how his 2018 track “Nina Cried Power,” with its shout-out to Nina Simone, made him feel more connected to voices of social conscience from the past. Eclectic songster Mikky Ekko began with songwriting, added singing, and has his sophomore album, Fame, coming out next month. In our interview he said he was, “super stoked.” In our picture, his blur seems a metaphor for his busy career. His collaborators include David Guetta, Rihanna and Ryan Tedder. With backgrounds from around the world and changing performance configurations, the Mariachi Flor De Toloache emerged from New York Clubs with their eclectic blend of tradition and innovation, winning their first Latin GRAMMY last year for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album. Twitter From Liverpool, England, the Wombats were among ACL’s many international artists and notably brought a wombat mascot that started a conga line in the audience. A skilled pianist and guitarist, Gryffin also got his electrical engineering degree before putting it all together as a DJ, producer, remixer, and dance-genre hitmaker. In our interview, San Holo called his first full-length release, September’s album1, “A hybrid between an EDM and indie kind of album.” His blend of electronic music with organic samples creates his own emotional worlds. Emerging artist, R&B singer, songwriter and producer, Amber Mark blends international elements into her own widely admired mix.