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I'm a big fan of Grouplove, and it was such a great opportunity to interview them when they came to speak at GRAMMY Camp's Guest Professional Day. Lead singer Christian Zucconi and keyboardist/producer Ryan Rabin were among several artists who visited the USC campus.
They were very surprised when I pointed out the similarities of the melodies between the "Macarena" song and "Ways to Go," their newest single. They were taken aback and realized that the track had some shared traits, but it was coincidental. I really liked their laid-back attitude, and that they were so genuine and humorous in agreeing with my opinion as they laughed.
I also asked what the meaning was behind their first smash hit, "Colours." Zucconi, the lead vocalist responded, "I let the fans decide or figure out the lyrics, it's all up to how you interpret it."
As for when writing "Itchin on a Photograph," he replied, "Going back and looking at the past, trying not to, moving on, living in the now."
The last question was for Ryan Rabin, and when he's producing music for the band, do other bandmates start singing out of nowhere on the track. He said, "sometimes, not all the time, rarely."
The band gave some of their background info during the panel with the Instrumental track. Among the facts they shared were they met in Crete, an island off of Greece. They all started to hangout and just jam on a guitar. Their success reached great heights and they are still churning out hits, with a new album coming out September 17.
I really loved my interview with them as they were so generous with their time to come and speak to GRAMMY Campers for a second year in a row.
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