“….for this upcoming album, I wanted to make something that I could put alongside all of those albums that I used to listen to when I was driving up the coast. I would put in my favorite music and I would think and I would cry. It was so therapeutic….”

Having recently ended her Fall 2015 #VHSTour with X Ambassadors and Kevin Garrett, Ms. Grey has given a new interview to AXS contributing writer Allen Foster, which has now been published (December 14). This interview gives some insight into Ms. Grey’s current writing process, contrasted with how she has written in the recent past.

Read several excerpts below, and click the AXS logo to view the lengthy piece in full!

Interview w/ Skylar Grey | AXS ::
“….“When a collaboration happens, it’s not like it was something you’d been planning for a long time,” Skylar explained to AXS in a recent interview. “It just kind of made sense to work on a song with my labelmates and Alex. Basically, we thought it would be fun, so we tried it.”

“I’m a big fan of X Ambassadors and Sam Harris,” she continued. “He’s one of the most talented songwriters I’ve worked with in a while, so it was exciting for me. And I think he’s a fan of mine, too, otherwise, I don’t think he would have agreed to work with me,” she laughed. “He’s so nice. The whole band is nice. They are all so amazing. I just got off tour with them, which was really fun because we got to play ‘Cannonball’ live together almost every night.”

Skylar Grey is a remarkable writer who possesses an enviable mix of talents that allows her to create passionate songs about matters of the heart, which often have a dark, dangerous, or provocative edge. She is the very definition of compelling. Vocally, her performances crackle with an urgency that keeps you riveted to her every breath. She is one of the most powerfully gripping artists of our time….

Skylar told AXS that she was much better at writing on her own and sending it to someone as opposed to writing together with them in the same room. “I don’t like to be uncomfortable when I’m writing. If I can’t express myself because I’m not comfortable, then I don’t get my best work done. I would rather just sit by myself at my laptop, record a bunch of material, and send the best ideas to somebody that I am working with. Then, they can send me back something or call me with some feedback. That’s generally how I work the best. I’m too self-conscious to be in the room trying things out for the first time in front of other people and singing bad notes,” she laughed. “I just never get anything done that way.”

“Also, a lot of people think they have to write in a certain formula,” she added. ‘This worked for me before, so I’m going to do it again.’ But it doesn’t actually work like that for me. The way that I wrote ‘Love the Way You Lie’ isn’t going to be the same way that my next big hit happens. It’s always going to be a slightly different process.”….

“A lot of the collaborations and a lot of the different genres that I worked in over the years were a way of me exploring to figure out exactly what I wanted to do,” the artist revealed. “I learned a great deal along the way — there’s definitely something you can learn from every person you work with and every genre you work in — so when I say that I’m going back to my roots, it’s not necessarily the sound, it’s my approach. I’m writing the way that I did when I was a 14-year-old girl who wasn’t corrupted by that formulaic songwriting that happens in the big city, she was just writing what she felt.”

“My songs were pretty terrible back then,” she laughed, “but they were pure. They were coming from such a real place. And that’s how I’m writing this new album. I’m not thinking about rules, so these songs are turning out to be one of the most authentic collections of music that I’ve ever written.”….

“For this upcoming album, I wanted to make something that I could put alongside all of those albums that I used to listen to when I was driving up the coast. I would put in my favorite music and I would think and I would cry. It was so therapeutic. I wanted to make an album that would fit in that same scenario.”….”

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