Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{} {the Kingmaker}; LA Producer on Coast Laments Death

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{} {the Kingmaker}; LA Producer on Coast Laments Death

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Byline: Blythe Seinor

MICHAEL Jackson was shy and timid but "spot on and direct" when it came to the choreography in his music videos.

The King of Pop always knew exactly what he wanted and how to get it.

This was how Los Angeles-based producer Steve Reiss, below, described his memories of Jackson, who died yesterday morning after suffering a heart attack.

Mr Reiss, who is on the Sunshine Coast for a holiday to visit friends, said he was saddened by the death of "the messiah of pop music".

Mr Reiss said he was fortunate enough to be taught the "moonwalk" by Jackson in the 1990s, when he was working on one of the singer's film clips.

"One time he forgot the right pair of shoes ... we needed to record his shuffling sounds, and he decided to teach us moonwalking instead," Mr Reiss recalled. "He left apologising and came back the next day with the proper pair of shoes for us to record his feet movement."

Mr Reiss worked on several of Jackson's music videos, most notably Jam, which also starred superstar basketballer Michael Jordon. …

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