Alex Da Kid has come a long way from his London beginnings. The former soccer player produced two of last year’s biggest hits, the Hayley Williams assisted B.o.B. single “Airplanes” and Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” which featured Rihanna. The young producer has certainly found his lane with the rap/pop crossovers and the songs he worked on were rewarded with several Grammy nominations including Song of the Year and Record of the Year, both for “Love the Way You Lie.”
The British hit-maker recently sat down with Gerrick D. Kennedy of the Los Angeles Times to discuss his big year. About the Eminem collaboration Alex says it was his success with B.o.B. that lead to that pairing: “He was looking for a new sound and wanted to work with new producers on his album…We were trying to figure out what would make sense and not go too far out of his comfort zone, but he wanted something different. So I sent him ‘Love the Way You Lie.’ It happened really late on the album. He recorded it in two days, and I went to mix it with him in Detroit, and that’s when I first met him. Soon as he heard the song he said he wanted Rihanna.”
The producer plans to do it up just as big 2011 with production work for Dr. Dre, Diddy, T.I., and Rihanna all scheduled to be released. To read the full interview head over to The Los Angeles Times’ blog.