Post Grammy Thoughts

Brent Kolatalo and Ken Anderson at the GrammysThere’s nothing more surreal than being at an event where you’d always hoped to be at since you were a little kid. It’s an overwhelming feeling that’s hard to put into words. It was a night where I wish I had superhuman powers to make the night travel into slow-motion. Blinking eyes were not welcomed….

Loved most of the Grammy performances. I think Usher had one of the better performances of the night. Performance wise, he’s this generation’s version of Michael Jackson.

Also loved Lady Gaga’s Grammy speech. Not exactly sure why she thanked Whitney Houston in it, but still felt more sincere than the rest… by the way, the song she performed earlier oddly sounded a lot like Madonna’s “Express Yourself” Maybe she should have been thanking her instead.

One thing that felt really out of place and just plain awkward was that infomercial about the Grammy “music schools”. The whole thing was just uncomfortable to watch and felt forced. Why do it during the show? Add it as a commercial or something.

I ended up receiving a Grammy for “Best Rap Album” as an engineer/mixer for Eminem’s album “Recovery”. I’m still a little bit shocked that Eminem didn’t win Album of the Year. Not trying to take anything away from Arcade Fire as I’m a big fan, but it really felt like this was Eminem’s year. I guess there’s always 2012.

Grammy Nominations 2011

I’m up for 3 Grammy Nominations this year. I really couldn’t have asked for a better way to end 2010. The big nomination is Album of the Year for Eminem’s Recovery. I think Eminem has a good shot at winning considering he sold the most records this year, plus the fact that it’s a great record doesn’t hurt. But you never know. Grammy wins are hard to predict. Especially since it’s only music industry voting. Meaning there’s probably a bit of politics behind it. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry definitely are no slouches to have in the same category either. They have been absolutely ruling the airwaves lately. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Below are the list of 3 nominations I have this year.

• “Album of the Year” Eminem Recovery
• “Best Rap Solo Perfomance” Kanye West Power
• “Best Rap Album” Eminem Recovery

Kanye West Vs. the Public

Kanye’s new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy gets released this week. I worked on 5 songs including the single “Power” contributing mostly instrumentation and engineering on all of them. Personally, I think it’s one of his best records yet. Very eclectic sound all around.

I have no idea if the public is going to boycott his record because of the whole Taylor Swift fiasco. Everyone I talk to seems to have a strong opinion about it one way or the other. It would be a damn shame if they do. It’s f**ing brilliant.

Here’s Rolling Stone’s review.


The Billboard’s on Fire!

This week I worked on the #1 and #2 albums in the country. Eminem’s Recovery and Rick Ross’ Telfon Don. It’s a first for my career and will be a foreshadowing of more to come in the near future. =) Eminem’s Recovery is still killing it at #1 on the Billboard charts for the 5th straight week while Rick Ross just made a fantastic debut selling 177.000. I did instrumentation on the following songs……

– “Slaughterhouse” Eminem Recovery
– “Live Fast, Die Young” Rick Ross Teflon Don