I am so excited for the chance to interview the talented multi-platinum Grammy award-winning producer, Infinity, who is credited with hits for Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Lupe Fiasco, Bow Wow and Omarion, Chingy, Raven Symone, Ludacris, Flo Rida, Ciara, Melanie Fiona, Jacob Latimore, and many more.  Most notably, his first placement was “Take Me As I Am” for Mary J. Blige, which quickly shot up the Rnb/Rap charts to #3 and to #1 on Adult AC.  This hit led to his Grammy award winning album “The Breakthrough,” the opportunity to work closely with Atlantic Records to craft the smash hit for Lupe Fiasco’s LP, “1st and 15th” album, “DayDreaming.”  His latest accomplishments include “Shattered” from the Backstreet Boys’ newest album, “Echo”, and “Banging the Headboard” on R. Kelly’s album “Untitled.”

Hey Infinity! So…tell us about yourself – your background and how you came to be such a successful multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning producer.

I’m a Sagittarius for starters! (born December 2nd)  I was born in Connecticut, and moved all around from Florida to Atlanta to my home now – LA.  I’m really laid back and down to earth. On the music side, I’ve been producing for 7 years now. I started off playing drums at the age of 4. I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock, i.e., The Beatles, Yes, The Who, & Squeez. Somewhere in between the 14 years of me playing everything but urban music, I made the transition to the urban world when I moved to Orlando at 16.  From then on, I just worked to perfect my craft, and in 2005, I got my first official placement.

So you’ve had a very successful career as a music producer.  What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far and why?

My first ever placement led me to win a Grammy.  It was for Mary J. Blige’s “Take Me As I Am.” The album won a Grammy for best R&B album and sold over 4 million copies worldwide. Prior to this placement, I ran into so much drama with all types of people in the “business” who said they could take my career higher.  So I think this was important to me because when I got this song placed it made me feel like everything before happened for a reason.  I had to jump over a few hurdles. All this nonsense that I went through turned out to be a huge milestone for my career.

You definitely lead a very busy life.  Can you tell us what you try to do to keep healthy and fit even though your job requires you to work long hours in the studio?

It’s been tough over the years to keep a consistent and healthy lifestyle while being in the studio anywhere from 12 to 18 hours a day. That being said, I had to start making sure I watch what I eat, and when I eat.  Studios are known for junk food!  It’s about understanding the consequences of eating at 2 am. What really helps is that I bought a BBQ grill for the studio. I eat mainly grilled chicken and chicken dogs (way better than beef or turkey).  Now I just have to learn to hit the gym four times a week!  If I can do that I’ll be in great condition, ha!

Good luck!  Try not to stay so late working at the studio, or actually early mornings, at 7am!  Thanks for sharing with us.  We really look forward to seeing more of your stuff in the near future and hearing of your success!

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first published in 2012