SANTA MONICA, Calif. (September 29, 2011) — On Wednesday, Sept. 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 GRAMMY®-nominated producer Alex da Kid and GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Skylar Grey. 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. 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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Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: Skylar Grey and Alex da Kid. Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com ©2011. Photographed by: Michael Buckner.
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Photo Caption 2: Pictured 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. Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com ©2011. Photographed by: Michael Buckner.
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Photo Caption 3: Pictured L-R: Interactive panelists Alex da Kid and Skylar Grey with moderator DJ Skee. Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com ©2011. Photographed by: Michael Buckner.
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Photo Caption 4: Skylar Grey performs a medley of songs she's written, including "Coming Home," "Words I Never Said," "I Need A Doctor" and "Love The Way You Lie." Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com ©2011. Photographed by: Michael Buckner.
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