St. Lucia on the Love of Fans: "We Don't Take it for Granted for a Second"

Coastline Festival is storming into town this Sunday with some mega-names in indie pop. Passion Pit, Matt & Kim, and the Joy Formidable stand out in the lineup, but it's also sprinkled with up-and-coming genre climbers that you might not know yet. Chances are that St. Lucia makes that list. St. Lucia, the stage name of Jean-Philip Grobler, is in a hyper-growth stage. With a brand new album and talk show dates booked, all signs are pointing at Grobler for his time in the indie limelight.

But the St. Lucia crew certainly has their own story. Grobler is originally from Johannesberg, South Africa, a place that spawned his interest in music and gave him professional training while enrolled at a choir school. The Drakensberg Boys Choir School traveled the world and ignited Grobler's transition into St. Lucia. After finally taking up real estate in New York, Grobler is back to traveling in a big way. His grueling touring schedule is a continuation of his nomadic lifestyle and actually quite enjoyable with his wife, Patti, by his side. Before the festival this weekend, we chatted with Grobler about how music effected his upbringing, what makes New York so enticing, and whether or not you will get a chance to say "hey" to him after the show.

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Dana Krangel