“….her new material breaks whatever barrier is left between musical genres as she embraces beauty and meaning over glitter and flash….”
Just prior to her October 22 #VHSTour gig at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City this past month, Ms. Grey did an interview with Mitch Mosk for an Atwood Magazine feature that has now (November 2) been published.
This lengthy feature covers her ever-evolving artistry as it relates to her current approach to music, some elaboration on the meaning of her song “Moving Mountains”, how making the decision to relocate changed her perspective on life and music, and the record label environment provided provided by Alex Da Kid at KIDinaKORNER.
View a few excerpts from the article below, and be sure to click the live shot to check out the entire Atwood Magazine piece (including more live shots)!
Skylar Grey Interview w/ Mitch Mosk | Atwood Magazine ::
“….if Skylar Grey is going to grab your attention, she’s going to be doing it her way….
Pursuing authentic and honest music is a dream to which many recording artists aspire, but few realistically attain. The pressures to conform to the masses, appeal to a fan-base, or do what is generally expected of you are strongly ingrained in the music business, but precedent shows that taking the path less traveled – that striking out to see through an artistic vision – can be unimaginably rewarding. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was a complete identity shift for The Beatles, and it was met immediately with critical success despite doubts and concern about the band’s future prior to the album’s release….
How does an artist ignore the pop world around her? By focusing on her instincts and making what feels right. Skylar Grey is an authentic music artist settling into her own groove with a dark charm and an inviting charisma. She’s ready to show the world her bare bones, and we’re ready to accept them….
YOU’VE BEEN A MASTERMIND BEHIND SEVERAL GREAT SONGS – SO WHY DO I FEEL LIKE THIS TIME AROUND, THINGS ARE DIFFERENT FOR YOU?
Skylar: I don’t know, I just do what I do. I’m writing music that I love right now… Music that I have been wanting to make for a long time, and until now I haven’t really felt free to create the way I want to. That’s why I’m excited to write this album – it’s stuff that I really love.
WHAT INSPIRED YOUR NEW MUSIC?
Skylar: When I think of my favorite albums, they’re albums I would put on by myself while driving through the Redwoods in California. I have the Radiohead albums that I love, and Bon Iver… It’s kind of mellow and sad, and really introspective and a little bit ambiguous. It’s those kind of writers that I listen to, so I wanted to write an album that fit in that category. I was so excited to get back to the drawing board and make an album that I could put into that category with albums I loved so much. Technically speaking, it’s not a concept record, but it kind of is; I wanted it to be an album I could pop in while driving through the Redwoods in California and have a meltdown – the kind of thing I could listen to and really think about my life.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST SONG YOU WROTE THAT YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH?
Skylar: Man, there are so many good ones on there… I don’t remember the first one!
LET ME PUT IT ANOTHER WAY: WHAT IS ONE SONG THAT REALLY MOVES YOU AND HOLD SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE?
Skylar: There’s a song called “Moving Mountains” – there’s actually no drums on it at all, just a beautiful guitar part with an interesting chord progressing and really poignant lyrics:
For once in your life
For once push your ambitions aside
And instead of moving mountains
Let the mountains move you
It’s about slowing down and taking notice. For my whole life, I was so focused on my career – I thought it was the only thing in the world. Then I moved to Utah, and it taught me how much there was to love in the moment – to look out my window and see a mountain, and to appreciate the beauty of that instant. That song is really powerful for me – it’s about life, basically….”
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