Artist Profile: Young London
Amidst all of the speaker-blowing, heavy-metal rock music pounding through the sound systems at Warped Tour, The Schoolcraft Connection got a chance to sit down and interview up-and-coming dance/pop group, Young London. The duo consists of Sarah Graziani, the lead vocalist, and Matt Rhodes, vocalist, producer, and engineer. The two met in 2011 in their hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, where Rhodes owns a small studio. “I was recording a folk artist about two and a half years ago,” says Rhodes. “She came in to do guest vocals, and I freaked out about her voice. So I broke up my band, and I stole her.”
When asked what music inspired their particular style, Graziani cited Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple as her influences, while Rhoades attributed his style as influenced by Eurodance group Cascada. This combination lead Young London to describe themselves a mix between “Dorky and serious.”
Beyond the energetic nature of the duo’s music, the two have a positive and endearing philosophy on positivity in music. Rhodes says, “I used to play metal music, and the reason I got into dance was because I hate negativity.” The group also cited “PLUR” as their motto, which is a popular underground acronym meaning Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. “We just want to make people happy,” explains Graziani.
Having already played in a smaller section of Warped Tour called The Silent Disco, where DJ’s perform their music into a pair of headphones for people to come and listen to at will, this is Young London’s first official year performing in front of the masses at the event. Rhodes says, “Trying to get 14 year-olds to do a silent disco is the equivalent of hiding behind a sheet or something.” In June of 2013, Young London released a new self-produced EP titled “Intincts,” that made the Billbord Top 100, which combined with their growing fan base and exposure at Warped Tour seems to be proof that the duo will be one of the hottest new groups music fans should be keeping an eye out for.
For more information on Young London go to their website at http://younglondonmusic.com/
By: Carlos Razo
Arts & Entertainment Editor