Sandy Vee

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Sandy Vee
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Background information
Birth name Sandy Julien Wilhelm
Origin Toulouse, France[1]
Genres Dance-pop, pop, house
Occupations Songwriter, disc jockey, music producer
Years active 2001–present

Sandy Julien Wilhelm, known professionally as Sandy Vee, is a French music producer and songwriter whose sound mixes traditional house music elements with a pop esthetic. He gained much commercial and critical recognition for co-producing Rihanna’s "Only Girl (In the World)", “Firework” by Katy Perry, and 8 songs on the David Guetta album One Love. He originally played bass in a variety of jazz, rock, and punk bands before gaining exposure to the underground DJ scene in France. He currently resides in New York City.

Sandy Vee won the Best Dance Recording at the 2011 Grammy Awards for Rihanna's "Only Girl (In the World)". He was also nominated in the category Album of the Year for Katy Perry's Teenage Dream.[2][3]

Early Success[edit]

Vee was DJing at the “Fuck Me I'm Famous” party at Pacha Ibiza when David Guetta approached him after a set and told him how much he loved his track Bleep. The two producers bonded and went into the studio to produce the song that would eventually become “On The Dancefloor” for will.i.am. However, according to Vee, “we discovered that not only did we work well together, but we worked fast... We figured there was no reason to stop, so we just kept going.” This led to Vee co-producing 8 songs on Guetta’s globally successful record One Love.

Recent Work[edit]

After the success with One Love, Vee became a desired name on the pop production circuit. Sandy went on to work with Norwegian production duo Stargate, who are notable for their extensive work with Rihanna. Sandy described their initial meeting in 2009 as: “I played them a few tunes I was working on at the time and they went crazy for one in particular...so we worked together and finished it”. The first track the group worked on was eventually placed with Sean Kingston.

Stargate and Vee continued to work together, producing hits for Katy Perry ("Firework"), Rihanna ("Only Girl (In the World)" “S&M”) and Ne-Yo (“Beautiful Monster”), Britney Spears (“Selfish”), and more. Sandy currently lives in New York where he has since his production credits increase exponentially with credits on records for Taio Cruz, Pitbull, Selena Gomez, Nikki Williams.

Number One Records[edit]

2009: David Guetta feat. Akon "Sexy Bitch"

2010: Rihanna "Only Girl (In the World)"

2010: Katy Perry "Firework"

2011: Rihanna "S&M"

Grammy Nominations and Awards[edit]

2011: Best Dance Recording, Rihanna "Only Girl (In the World)" (Won)

2012: Record of the Year, Katy Perry "Firework" (Nominated)

2012: Album of the Year, Rihanna "Loud" (Nominated)

2012: Best Dance/Electronica Album, David Guetta "Nothing But the Beat" (Nominated)

Songwriting and Production Discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Song
2009 David Guetta One Love "Gettin' Over"
"Sexy Bitch"
"On the Dancefloor"
"Missing You"
"One Love"
"I Wanna Go Crazy"
"If We Ever"
2010 Taio Cruz Rokstarr "Higher"
Katy Perry Teenage Dream "Firework"
Akon Stadium "Angel"
Rihanna Loud "S&M"
"Only Girl (In the World)"
Ne-Yo Libra Scale "Beautiful Monster"
Sean Kingston Single "Party All Night (Sleep All Day)"
Kelly Rowland Here I Am "Commander"
Pitbull (feat. T-Pain) Planet Pit "Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)"
2011 Alexis Jordan Alexis Jordan "Good Girl"
"Hush Hush"
Nicole Scherzinger Killer Love "Wet"
Britney Spears Femme Fatale "Selfish"
David Guetta Nothing But the Beat "Where Them Girls At"
Bella Single "Nobody Loves Me"
Selena Gomez & the Scene When the Sun Goes Down "Middle of Nowhere"
Leona Lewis Single "Collide"
2013 Nicole Scherzinger Single "Boomerang"
Nikki Williams Single "Glowing"
Pia Toscano Single "Make You A Man"
Romeo Santos Single To Be Announced
Enrique Iglesias Single To Be Announced

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tingen, Paul (April 2011). "SANDY VEE: Recording Katy Perry's 'Firework'". Sound on Sound. SOS Publications Group. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Stewart, Adam (10 February 2011). "Katy Perry Producer Sandy Vee Calls Grammy Nods 'Amazing'". MTV. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "SANDY VEE Garners Two Grammy® Wins for "Best Dance Recording" with Rihanna’s "Only Girl (In The World)"". Mitch Schneider Organization. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 

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