“….“I’ve lived in all these different states and worked in other cities, but Wisconsin will always be with me.”….”
In preparation for her live show with Atlas Genius this coming Saturday (April 9) at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ms. Grey provided an interview to Piet Levy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
In this interview she discusses finding happiness (including how that relates to her new song “Moving Mountains“), the production on her upcoming album, and her love for Wisconsin.
Check out an excerpt below, and click the Journal Sentinel logo beneath to read the feature in its entirety!
Skylar Grey Interview | Journal Sentinel ::
“….often it’s Grey’s bruised emotions, expressed through dark lyrics, that have been her signature. Here, though, she’s letting go of the pain. The cleansing is cathartic and compelling.
“Mountains” is expected to be on Grey’s next album, anticipated this year, which she said is 95% done. That was one of her other recent epiphanies, too, that she needed to be picky about her collaborations and just work on music she’s passionate about.
She paired up with Alex da Kid again, who produced “Lie” and Grey’s last album, and Mike Elizondo, whose songwriting and production credits cover everyone from Eminem to Fiona Apple to Maroon 5.
Grey said she writes songs after receiving beats producers send her. But this time, “we got to work together in the studio and would just jam out on the music and basically develop beats from scratch. It was refreshing to not be inside a computer the whole time.”
S1, who produced Kanye West’s “Power” and Beyoncé’s “Best Thing I Never Had,“ also worked on two of Grey’s favorite tracks on her next album, “Lemonade” and “Picture Perfect.“ Eminem produced a couple songs as well.
On the Atlas Genius tour, Grey is largely introducing new songs. “I’m kind of feeling it out,” she said. “I think that the best way to tell if a song’s good is from the reaction.”
On Saturday, she’s guaranteed to get a good reaction from her Wisconsin family and friends in the crowd for her first Milwaukee concert in three years.
“I’m so excited,” Grey said. “It’s nice to stay in touch with your roots.”….”
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