As part of the annual guest artist day at GRAMMY Camp®, renowned producer Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, whose resume of hits includes Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Britney Spears's "Me Against the Music," Mýa’s “Case Of The Ex," and Rihanna’s “Umbrella," sat in with the Electronic Music Production track.
Afterwards he headed over to the Jeanette MacDonald Recital Hall with the rest of the Camp's visiting professionals for some one on one interview time. In our interview I asked "Tricky" advice for up and coming artists whose music might be slightly different from the norm and are sometimes forced to switch their style in order to become successful. "It's always important to stay true to yourself, but at the same time since creativity is subject to an opinion once you decide to make it your profession that's the biggest thing," he responded. "This is a business, so as long as your creativity is endorsed whatever they inspire you to be creatively is also commercially viable then you will be fine."
From Tricky’s huge catalog of songs that he has had the pleasure of working on I asked what was his favorite of them all, one that he thought had the potential to be considered a hit. "I felt great about the song I worked on Usher's last album called 'Moving Mountains.' It didn’t do what it was supposed to do," he said. "I was surprised by that, but when you say stand by a record... it's easy to stand by a hit, but I took it as record that I love that probably wasn’t a hit. And 'Moving Mountains' was probably that song for me."