10 Things To Know About Halle Berry’s New Boyfriend, Alex Da Kid
I’m sure that by now, you’ve heard the news that Halle Berry is dating again. Knowing her track record with men, and how diverse her suitors have been in terms of looks, age and occupation (and act right), you’re probably wondering who her new man is and what he’s got going on that could impress one of the most beautiful women on the planet.
The 35-year-old’s name is Alexander Grant and he’s a successful music producer known as Alex Da Kid. He’s from London but he now resides in and makes hits from Los Angeles. Now that we’re past rumorville and Berry is sharing Instagram posts of her new beau, hanging out at Fashion Week parties with him and going on dinner dates in front of paparazzi, they’re official like a referee with a whistle. Therefore, we thought it would be nice to know more about Alex, his work and his upbringing. Here are the facts, folks.
Like Halle, Alex is biracial.
As he told Sound on Sound, his parents (a Black father and a white mother) played a big part in his love of music before he ever learned how to make it. His father is from Jamaica and his mother is English, and because of them, “I grew up listening to all kinds of music”
He had a future playing football.
According to his interview with the BBC a few years back, before he was Alex Da Kid, he was a European football star in the making. Alex played for Bristol City’s youth team before injuring his knee and getting distracted from his initial goals of playing professionally. That’s when he turned to music and started learning how to work with the popular program FruityLoops.
“After football, I thought, OK, if I don’t do something seriously, I’m going to be just another guy in a small flat somewhere,” he told the BBC. “I really didn’t want that. I didn’t want my life just to be a regular life.”
16 years since I made my first beat.. 9 years since I started doing music full time.. 8 years since I signed my first publishing deal… 7 years since I had my first hit.. 6 years since I started my record and publishing company's 1 year since I started my creative agency and some how after all that time everyday still gets better and better (and I still have this face when I start working) #musiclove
His first big hit was “Airplanes.”
“Airplanes” by rapper B.o.B. and singer Hayley Williams was a massive global hit, and despite being behind Nicki Minaj’s first major release, “Massive Attack,” the song for B.o.B. ended up being his first hit. After networking like crazy to get his name out there, when the song blew up in 2010, there was nowhere to go but up.
He has the most musical “chemistry” with Eminem.
If it weren’t for “Airplanes,” Alex wouldn’t have created a working relationship with legendary rapper Eminem. The Detroit MC was such a fan of the song that he linked up with Alex, who would go on to create the mega-hit “Love the Way You Lie” for the rapper (featuring Rihanna). They’ve since collaborated many times, and Alex says working with Em is always a treat.
“Em reminds me of one of my friends from back home,” he said. “It was just so natural. I forgot in two seconds that he was the biggest-selling artist of the decade. He knows what he’s doing.”
His first job had nothing to do with football or music.
In a chat with Billboard, Alex said that he made money initially by selling shoes at a store in London.
He’s appreciative of his haters.
While he would probably love for everyone to be a fan of his music, Alex is just grateful when people listen to it and end up knowing who he is and the work he’s done.
“People, sometimes they have an opinion but they won’t say it because it’s not politically right to do it,” he said. “I don’t care if people dislike my music or like it, as long as they hear it and they have an opinion on it, then that’s the beautiful thing. That’s what art’s all about.”
He’s a diamond hit-making producer.
In the music industry, to have a song or album go diamond means it sold more than 10 million copies. It’s a major feat. Alex Da Kid is one of the few producers with two diamond singles: “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna and “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, the latter being an artist on his KIDinaKORNER label.
He’s more influenced by experiences than musicians.
While people often cite their major music influences as different major artists in interviews, Alex says it’s more everyday people and experiences that inspire him than particular musicians.
“I’m influenced by so many different things,” he said. “I’m influenced more by life than individual musicians. I definitely feel like I draw from everything, it’s more than just one individual singer.”
He’s a big fan of one-of-a-kind art.
From a Walt Disney World business plan hanging up in his office to portraits of John Lennon and Biggie Smalls, he likes “to mix different genres of art” in his home and spend big bucks on original artwork.
“I have a Matisse that hangs over the fireplace,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “It was very expensive and spoke to me.
He wants to work on movies, too.
Alex, who put out his first single as an artist last year called “Not Easy,” hopes to go the Pharrell, RZA route and get into scoring for film. He even has a particular filmmaker in mind that he would like to work with.
“I would love to do some movie stuff with Quentin Tarantino.”