2017-02-16 / Front Page

Scherrer’s, Leelanau’s first Grammy

One of Northport trio in LA
By Patti Brandt Burgess
Of The Enterprise staff


SCHERRER SCHERRER One year ago Nathan Scherrer’s parents headed to Los Angeles in the hopes they would get to see their son pick up his first Grammy.

He didn’t win that time.

But this year he did — garnering the Best Music Video award for his production of Beyonce’s “Formation,” which was released in February 2016.

“We were fine not going this year,” said Jim Scherrer, Nathan’s father. “We suspect there will be other chances.”

Indeed.

Scherrer, who graduated from Northport High School in 2007, was also nominated for the video “Up&Up” by alternative rockers Coldplay.

Scherrer, 28, was the producer and executive producer on both videos.

His parents, Jim Scherrer and Deb Kalchik, who are married with different last names, live in Northport.

“I’m so happy for him,” Kalchik said. “It’s really great.”


JULIETTE LARTHE, the UK producer of “Formation,” and Northport native Nathan Scherrer accept a Grammy for Best Music Video earlier this week. JULIETTE LARTHE, the UK producer of “Formation,” and Northport native Nathan Scherrer accept a Grammy for Best Music Video earlier this week. “We were thrilled for him,” Jim Scherrer said. “It’s very exciting ... When you think of how he pulled off all the things that needed to come together for that one video, it’s really amazing.”

The “Formation” song and video were released the day before the 2016 Superbowl, held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., with the song quickly making its way to the No. 1 Billboard spot.

Both Beyonce and Coldplay performed at that halftime show.

While Kalchik has always known her son would do well in life, the trajectory of his career path has even surprised her.

“He’s a real hard worker and he’s great at what he does,” Kalchik said. “But I never envisioned this happening so quickly for him.”

Scherrer has lived in Los Angeles for about five years and comes home two or three times a year.

“He’s still the same Nathan,” Kalchik said. “This hasn’t changed him at all.”

Scherrer has his own production company, Freenjoy, but also freelances. Both the “Formation” and “Up&Up” videos were produced through the Prettybird production company.

“Formation” also picked up several other awards, including MTV Video Music Awards for Best Pop Video and Video of the Year.

Scherrer was a two-time Grammy nominee last year for Pharrell Williams’ “Freedom” and The Dead Weather’s “I Feel Love.” That Grammy went to Taylor Swift for her “Bad Blood” video.

While Scherrer has always loved music, he didn’t always suspect that he would end up with a career in the business.

After graduating from high school he went to the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in sociology. That changed in his junior year when he took a film class. He graduated the following year with a degree in film, with concentrations in screenwriting and film production.

Scherrer lives in Los Angeles with two other Northport grads, Jim Stannard and Jeff Kopchia, who both also work in the industry.

Stannard is the son of Chris and Deb Stannard, and Kopchia is the son of Gerald and Kathleen Kopchia, all of Northport.

So what’s next for Scherrer? Jim Scherrer said he’s doing less music and more commercials.

But one thing is clear — more awards are definitely in his future.

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