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P&E Wing Presents Alex da Kid, Skylar Grey

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at the Recording Academy headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., the Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing and Los Angeles Chapter presented Up Close & Personal with Alex da Kid and Skylar Grey. Moderated by on-air personality, artist and cultural curator DJ Skee, this engaging Q&A explored the careers, inspirations and creative collaboration of the Grammy Award-nominated producer and Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter.

From left: The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney, Alex da Kid, Skylar Grey, and DJ Skee.

Photo: Michael Buckner; courtesy of the Recording Academy/ ©2011

After working on her album in an artist retreat in the woods of Oregon, Grey, in need of a great producer, reached out to her publisher in New York City. 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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