GRAMMY Blog: Kevin's GRAMMY Week Experience

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On Monday, February 6th I arrived in Los Angeles for the most exciting week in music. Immediately after walking through the doors of the hotel, I was given a crash course on how to use the equipment I needed to get the job done. Later that day, I shot some footage of the GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session Choir and Combo rehearsing in the hotel and then went out to dinner that night. The second day, was very cool. The college fair was in one of the hotel ballrooms and colleges such as Berklee, Manhattan School of Music, NYU and USC were represented. The next day was very exciting! I had some of my first interviews at GRAMMY Camp - Basic Training Day. Bas On Monday, February 6th I arrived in Los Angeles for the most exciting week in music. Immediately after walking through the doors of the hotel, I was given a crash course on how to use the equipment I needed to get the job done. Later that day, I shot some footage of the GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session Choir and Combo rehearsing in the hotel and then went out to dinner that night. The second day, was very cool. The college fair was in one of the hotel ballrooms and colleges such as Berklee, Manhattan School of Music, NYU and USC were represented. The next day was very exciting! I had some of my first interviews at GRAMMY Camp - Basic Training Day. Basically, a bunch of artists and music industry professionals come out and give workshops to several hundred high school students from California at USC. It was inspiring to say the least.

That same night was GRAMMY in the Schools Live! Featuring past Grammy Winners and Nominees performing with the GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session Choir, Combo and Big Band. Julian Ring, the other half of this amazing media team, and I interviewed Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington, who later performed together at USC. Anthony Hamilton was another guest performer we had the pleasure of interviewing and seeing. That Thursday, I attended the GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session Public Performance at Spaghettini Grill and did a video recap of the night, while Julian attended the Music Preservation Event and did a recap of that.

Friday, I woke up early in the morning to go to the legendary Capitol Records. Less than 24 hours before our session there, Paul McCartney recorded in the same studio with the same engineer. We even hung out in the same lounge. Paul was the first artist to record in the newly remodeled Studio A at Capitol. Later in the day, I quickly changed into my black suit in the bathroom at the studio and drove over to the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Sir Paul McCartney. I checked in, got my media credentials and set up on the red carpet with Cambio. I got some really fantastic interviews. This was my first red carpet, and also my first time interviewing anyone. I had great moments with Jason Mraz, Kevin Eubanks, Alison Krauss, Tom Hanks and many more. The performance was the most moving concert of my life. Acts such as Katy Perry, Neil Young, James Taylor, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Sergio Mendes, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Alison Krauss all performed some of Paul McCartney's greatest songs.

The next night, I attended the GRAMMY Nominees' Reception at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Ensemble Choir actually had the privilege of singing with one of the best jazz singers around, Kurt Elling. It was also on the spot! At the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, I got to the red carpet at 11:30 with Cambio.com and we interviewed many celebrities walking into the GRAMMYs. My interviews include Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa, Steve Martin, Rebecca Black, Esperanza Spalding, and Foo Fighters (again). After the red carpet closed, I walked into the awards with little time to find my seat. Luckily, I got there in time to see the amazing opener, Bruce Springsteen performing his new song!

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Though the GRAMMYs were extremely cool to see, the after party was perhaps one of the most exciting parts of this week. The GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session performed in the Jazz Lounge at the after party and had guest artist and jazz legend Chick Corea sit in. It was definitely a performance to remember. After their performance, I went into the larger room, where I saw an exclusive performance by One Republic. They also did an interesting cover of "Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes. It was absolutely amazing, plus One Republic's dressing room was right next to ours!

All in all the entire week was a more than rewarding experience for me and I hope that I have the privilege of working with the amazing people I worked with over GRAMMY Week at some point in the future.

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