Grammy-nominated duo wows the crowd at Auckland's Laneway Festival

Soaring temperatures didn't deter partygoers from hitting the dance floor at the Laneways Festival in Auckland on Monday.

Among those performing were US electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso, who were nominated for a Grammy.

They didn't win - but they still had plenty to celebrate.

Producer Nick Sanborn and singer Amelia Meath found out this morning they'd missed out, but Sanborn was happy just to be nominated with the group that won – legendary German outfit Kraftwerk.

“Winning a Grammy is a great story, but calling your mum and getting to tell her that you lost to Kraftwerk is a better story,” says Sanborn.  

This is his first time to New Zealand - he's off on Tuesday, but is keen to come back.

“Hikers from the States consider New Zealand to be the crown jewel of hiking, so that's the biggest thing I'm bummed about missing out on - that I can't stay for another two weeks and go on like a 100-mile hike,” says Sanborn.

Meath couldn't front for the Newshub interview, as she wasn't feeling well, but thankfully she was still able to perform at Laneway.

“I love playing festivals, because we're playing to a tonne of people that have never heard us before,” says Sanborn, who first worked with Meath together in 2010.

“We just loved each other’s music and just got along instantly.”

Sanborn says, while the duo have different styles, they complement each other.

“Every time she's writing something, all I want to do is create an arrangement for it that shows somebody else what I think is great about it.”

Turns out he thought Meath was pretty great too - the couple are now married.

“It's like I'd been struggling with a Rubik’s Cube for years, and then I suddenly made a random turn and the whole thing was showed.”

The duo will play at Laneway in Australia throughout the rest of the week.


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