We all tuned in to the 54th Annual Grammy Awards earlier today. And although our Maestro Skylar Grey didn’t perform at this year’s awards, Grammys isn’t new to this star who just added 2 more in her 5-time Grammy nominee title. She has been popping in the credits for major pop and hip hop hit singles last year (e.g. Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie,” Dr. Dre and Eminem’s “I Need A Doctor,” Diddy Dirty Money’s “Coming Home”). But now, she’s facing 2012 on her own with her debut album, Invinsible. Before you read the rest of our interview with her, listen to “Room for Happiness,” her new single with Kaskade out on iTunes now. This isn’t the official video, but we just love the one by JParragaTV ‘coz of The Burning Man footage.
I hope that my fans will learn to expect the unexpected when it comes to my music. My vocal tone and writing style has a pretty distinct identity, and I do believe that having a cohesive thread throughout an album is important. That’s why I stuck with Alex Da Kid as the producer for most of it. However, it’s boring to be pigeonholed into one sound when there are so many great tools out there for us to use to create art. I always try to push myself creatively and be experimental with sounds.
What about as a person, how eclectic are you? Like is there anything weird about you that people don’t know yet?
That’s a relative question. I like the taste of blood, but vampires don’t think that’s [weird].
You mentioned in a previous interview that you wanna be a “mysterious being.” But how is it like for you now that you’re finally getting your name out there? Ready for more red carpets, more photoshoots, more crazy fan encounters, etc?
I’m just doing what I gotta do to get my music out there in a world that is diseased with an obsession for pop culture. I wish there was another way.
You’ve undergone your own version of recreation. If Holly was in front of you now, what would you tell her? And if there’s one thing you’d wanna change about the world, what would it be?
I would tell Holly to fuck off. And I’m already working on changing the world by writing emotion-driven pop songs. There’s a lot more to life than alcohol, sex, and partying.
Besides music, what else are you into?
Watch movies, take walks, think, and cry.
What do you do on a day off?
I retreat to the woods at any chance I get.
Introduction and Interview by Reena Mesias
Photos by P.R. Brown
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