5 Questions With ... RedOne

GRAMMY-winning producer visits The Recording Academy
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April 05, 2011 -- 1:43 pm PDT

GRAMMY-winning producer RedOne recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., for an installment of 5 Questions With … . The producer/songwriter stopped by to discuss his biggest career moments, the creative process, musical mentors, the influence of social media, and how winning a GRAMMY Award has changed his career.

"It's a relief," said RedOne on the subject of winning a GRAMMY. "It's larger than life; it's amazing. You start from zero and you go all the way, fighting, crying, struggling…until one day you start reaching the charts and the Billboard [Hot 100] No. 1, and [then] you win a GRAMMY. [Winning] a GRAMMY was absolutely [the biggest] moment in my life."

Born Nadir Khayat in Tétouan, Morocco, RedOne moved to Sweden at age 19 inspired by musical acts native to the country such as Abba, Europe and Roxette. In 2005 he produced Swedish pop star Darin's "Step Up," which reached the top of the Swedish singles chart. The following year RedOne's "Bamboo" was named the official melody for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Other artists he's collaborated with include Akon, Kat DeLuna, Enrique Iglesias, and Lady Gaga, among others. RedOne picked up his first GRAMMY Award for Best Dance Recording for Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" in 2009. At the recent 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards he earned Best Pop Vocal Album honors for Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster, as well as a nomination for the coveted Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical award.

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