I'm a musical geek. It's like there’s this big, wild universe in my head and I love to express it
Originally from Hackney, east London, Labrinth is the youngest of nine musically gifted siblings. He discovered his talent for music by going to the local studio whilst still at school. Making beats at the age of 13 and playing guitar and keyboards by 15, Labrinth is completely self-taught. A born performer, he has accumulated rave reviews for his live performances over the summer festival season, performing to packed-out crowds at the likes of Glastonbury, Wireless and Global Gathering.
Undeniably gifted, he has the ability to address a project in a way that is completely unique, meaning his potential is limitless. Already the most sought after producer in the game, having recently worked with the likes of the Gorillaz, Plan B, Ms Dynamite and Emeli Sandé, in terms of the future - it’s Labrinth the solo artist who we should be most excited about.
I learned we all take different approaches and use our own environments to shape the sounds we come out with. Different cultures produce a different 'cool'. And your perception of 'cool' changes depending on where you are. It's been interesting to see how my music is received over in Oz - it's totally different - the album reacts and appeals to different audiences within their perception of what they love and how they interpret it. Until you play your music out to an international audience you never really appreciate the full extent of this I don't think.
The Future Flames idea is sick... and something that I feel really strongly about. It takes young kids from different parts of the country that are really doing great things for their area - these kids are pushing positivity despite the issues or problems that life has thrown at them. These kids have used their passions to inspire others and having met some of them - its pretty humbling. They have all done amazing things and it just really drills down to what it's all about. These youngsters are our heroes of tomorrow and I feel very lucky to be involved with such a thing.
I'm not gonna lie, it was always going to be hard to top what we achieved with <em>Earthquake</em>, but that song I think was an easier catch to get into. The track was very edgy and I think with <em>Last Time</em> it was a bit more of an odd slide, and it took people a while perhaps to understand it. I honestly didn't expect it to go to No. 4.
I'm not scared about my album leaking... you know I'm not gonna be a flash in the pan artist, I've gotta hundred more of those records in me - this isn't gonna be my only shot. I've been working on my music for 10 years. You best watch out Mr Cowell, make sure I don't have one wild night in the studio and decide to give away album number two for free! Can you imagine the telling off!?
I'm playing KOKO as one of the last dates of my tour... and needless to say my first big solo gig in my hometown is extremely nerve wracking. I need to pull out all the stops and deliver - and make everyone proud!
Isn't it mad to think what we did before Twitter and Facebook? I mean, how did artists find out what their fans were thinking before? For me it's important to stay grounded and stay close to my fans. Team Lab all the way!
When I think back to everything that happened to me in 2011 it was a bit of a whirlwind, and it all started in my family home back in Hackney all those years ago. The Olympics this year is putting Hackney on the map for an altogether different reason. I have mixed feelings about this - obviously I think it's great that my community can play part in hosting something that is such a huge deal for our country, but the general feel I get from talking to my people in the area is that the community don't actually feel that involved.
17/01/2012 23:06 GMT
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