On April 21, The Producers & Engineers Wing (P&E Wing) and The Recording Academy, Washington D.C. Chapter presented In The Studio with Salaam Remi at Omega Studios, Rockville, Md. The standing room only event made up of producers, engineers, artists, students and other D.C. music industry pros got an exclusive opportunity to hear Salaam Remi open up sessions from Nas, Jazmine Sullivan and the late Amy Winehouse. James McKinney, Chapter Trustee, and National Co-Chair of the P&E Wing, brought great perspective with the variety of questions he asked as the moderator.
Remi gave the audience an intimate look into his creative process, and brought never-before-seen or heard recordings and videos from his vast catalogue. He played for the audience the original Amy Winehouse recording of, “Me and Mr. Jones”, and explained its development from an acoustic, raw recording of Amy and her guitar, to the polished recording that ended up on her multi-GRAMMY winning album, Back to Black.
Salaam had just completed scoring Rush Hour 3 when he was introduced to Jazmine Sullivan, a brand new artist signed to J Records. Remi decided to record tracks for Jazmine’s debut album in Prague with a full orchestra and showed the audience videos of the initial recording of the track “Bust Your Windows,” and broke down the logistics of recording with an orchestra for a R&B/Hip-Hop album.
Salaam Remi then answered questions from the audience about his development as a producer, and advised GRAMMY U students to utilize social media to get their music noticed. After answering questions, Remi gave the audience something to think about. He said, “An artist wants to be inspired… a robot wants to be programmed.” Salaam only works with artists, and thrives on the ability to bring out the best within them to share with the world. For Salaam, it was not about how many records that an artist sells, or their placement on the Billboard Charts… it is about how they inspire others.
Special thanks to Salaam Remi, James McKinney, and Omega Studios for their time and efforts on this hugely successful event.
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