(L-R): The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Sr. Executive Director Maureen Droney; Grammy-nominated producer Alex da Kid; Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Skylar Grey; and on-air personality and moderator DJ Skee.
Santa Monica, CA (September 30, 2011)—The Recording Academy presented a special event, Up Close & Personal with Alex da Kid and Skylar Grey, on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.
The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing and Los Angeles Chapter presented the event at The Recording Academy headquarters in Santa Monica, CA. Moderated by on-air personality, artist and cultural curator DJ Skee, the Q&A explored the careers, inspirations and creative collaboration of Grammy-nominated producer Alex da Kid and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Skylar Grey.
After working on her album at an artist retreat in the woods of Oregon, Grey, in need of a producer, reached out to her publisher in New York. After a few email exchanges, Alex sent her a beat, to which Grey came up with the hook for "Love The Way You Lie," and a creative synergy was born.
The collaborative duo discussed their individual journeys, their advice for aspiring music makers and Grey's album, coming out on Interscope Records in early 2012.
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