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Skylar Grey – Blast Off | STATUS ::
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….
Usually, new solo artists would give listeners a common sound or treatment in all their songs. I heard Invinsible includes songs with Marilyn Manson and DJ Kaskade—sounds like it’s gonna be pretty eclectic. How should your potential and existing fans prepare for this one?
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].
Skylar Grey – Grey Skies Blue | Hydrogen Mag ::
If writing could save one’s soul, then Skylar Grey is well on her way to salvation, one beautifully haunting hook and one heart aching lyric at a time….with the highly anticipated album INVINSIBLE giving us a window into the broken path that led Grey to find her inner super hero, the only way is up.
HYDROGEN MAGAZINE: When they say nothing comes easy, you seem to be the embodiment of that. Let’s go back to Mazomanie, Wisconsin, a town so small it didn’t even have a stoplight. What were those years like?
SKYLAR GREY: True story. Mazomanie technically didn’t have a lot to offer, but I think that lack of distraction is what drove me to focus so hard on my passion. I was also forced to learn a lot of basic skills that I am really glad I know, such as running the water in the winter so your pipes don’t freeze.
HM: Who were some of your early musical influences?
SG: I’m really influenced by the 90’s. As a kid I would steal my older sister’s CDs, which included Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Fiona Apple, Radiohead, etc. But I grew up in an eclectic family of musicians, so folk, jazz, Celtic, and musical theater were also a big part of my childhood.
HM: Describe your style. What are the closet faithfuls you dig out everyday and what designers if any are your favorites either to perform in or walk the red carpet in?
SG: I love cutting edge fashion that compliments your personality. Personally, I think it’s sexiest to leave a lot to the imagination, and be comfortably and appropriately dressed for an event. I hate seeing girls in heels that they can’t even walk in, or dresses that are completely dehumanizing. G-Star has dressed me a lot for my performances. I also love Rick Owens, Thomas Wylde, and Ann Demeulemeester.
Skylar Grey – Misery Is Back | SYPM ::
Collaborations with Eminem, Rihanna, Diddy and Dr Dre have cast her as hip hop’s darling but 20 years after Nirvana’s Nevermind what Skylar really wants is to bring back grunge….
Walking into the room late is a pretty, raven-haired girl, who gives everyone dagger eyes (she relaxes after a cup of tea), and looks a bit like Shirley Manson. Much like her 90s lookalike, Skylar’s performance the night before was effortlessly cool. It was refreshing to hear loud guitars over hip hop beats, a raw and welcome sound in a time when synth seems to be the instrument of choice….
Her video for ‘Dance Without You’ is a nice slab of misery in a sea of hyper-colourful and blingtastic pop videos, cited as being like “the song Garbage never did”, a huge compliment for the girl who wants to see a new wave of 90s grunge inspired pop, like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. “I feel like I kinda have elements of that 90s style sound mixed in with this new pop, hip-hop combination thing.”….