Skylar Grey CMLXVI :: Songwriter Interview w/ Dale Kawashima – SongwriterUniverse, 28-APR-2016 | Photo
- April 30th, 2016
- Posted in "Asshole" . "Bed of Lies" . "Clarity" . "Coming Home Pt. II" . "I Know You" . "Moving Mountains" . "Only You" . "Room For Happiness" . "Words" . David Guetta . Diddy-Dirty Money . Dr. Dre . Eminem . Film . Lupe Fiasco . Music . Nicki Minaj . Skylar Grey . Soundtrack
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“….I didn’t know I would be featured as a vocalist on it until Puff just demanded that I stay on the intro hook, so [my voice was on] the demo….”
Dale Kawashima of SongwriterUniverse has published a new interview with Ms. Grey, focusing on her various songwriting projects over the past few years. They cover her solo material, featured projects, and her upcoming album.
Check out a portion of the interview below, and click the pro-shot (by Tyler Shields) underneath to read the full article (which includes additional insight into her featured writing, “I Know You“, and “Love the Way You Lie“)!
Skylar Grey Interview w/ Dale Kawashima | SongwriterUniverse ::
“….DK: I like your new single, “Moving Mountains.” Is this part of a new album you’re working on?
Skylar Grey: Yes, it’s part of an upcoming album. I’m not sure when [the album will be] coming out or what it’s called just yet (she laughs).
DK: Will the album be produced by Mike Elizondo and Mark Batson?
Grey: A lot of the songs are—about half of the album is done with them.
….DK: When you got together on your song “Coming Home” with Diddy & Dirty Money, did they say beforehand that they wanted you to write the hook and sing that part?
Grey: “Coming Home” came after I wrote “Love The Way You Lie” for Eminem & Rihanna. At that time, I was kind of a sought-after writer. And so Puff reached out to my team and said they wanted to work with me. I wrote the hook “Coming Home,” but I didn’t know I would be featured as a vocalist on it until Puff just demanded that I stay on the intro hook, so [my voice was on] the demo. So he wanted to keep it.
DK: To me, when you sing the hook “coming home,” that seems like the most memorable part of the song.
Grey: Yeah, that portion of the song—the part I’m singing on—has been used in so many sports shows and there’s been so many syncs (film & TV uses) that came out of that. So that was really cool. Even just that little section of the song.
….DK: You’ve also done a lot of co-writing—you co-wrote the hit “Clarity” for Zedd. Does that also happen a lot, where you go into a session as a topliner writing for another artist?
Grey: No, actually that was an unique situation. I got called in to be the vocalist on that song and then it wasn’t really in my (vocal) range. So I ended up just co-writing the song, but not singing it in the end.
I don’t do a lot of co-writing anymore. I really only work on projects that I’m passionate about, and I’m really passionate about writing music for myself, obviously because that’s where my heart’s at. And sometimes there will be a project presented to me that I’m passionate about, but it’s very rare—it could be a movie that has a story line that really gets me, or it could be an artist that I love. But it doesn’t happen that often. I usually turn down those sessions.
….DK: Currently, you’ve released your single “Moving Mountains.” Is your plan to focus this year on finishing and releasing your new album, and touring, or do you have other projects lined up too?
Grey: Yeah, I’m going to finish this tour (with Atlas Genius) and hopefully get on another one. And definitely finish my album and put it out. I’m playing a lot of new material live, and the reaction has been great so far on this tour. I’m excited for people to actually be able to get the music in their hands. So that’s the main plan. Along the way, I’ll probably keep putting out singles—not singles that I expect to go to radio or anything like that—just putting out songs with content like a video. It’s important to constantly be putting out creative pieces….”
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