Example: ‘It’s weird I’ve not heard from Mike Skinner for three or four years’

'Playing In The Shadows' star feels snubbed by former label boss

Example says he finds it “weird” former label boss Mike Skinner hasn’t been in touch to congratulate him on his success.

The Streets star gave the singer – real name Elliot Gleave – a break in 2006 when he signed him up to his old Beats record label.

Now he’s twice reached the top of the charts, he feels hard done by he hasn’t heard from his old boss.


Talking to Rio Ferdinand’s #5 magazine, he said

I haven’t heard from Mike for three or four years. I think it’s weird. The only reason why I would have liked that call (to congratulate him), because we spent so much time together on tour and I like didn’t think we were best mates, but we were pretty close and shared some good times on tour, and to go from someone signing you and putting faith in you and wanting you to do well, which he did obviously and then to never hear from them for three or four years, I find that a bit weird.

He added: “I don’t expect to be invited around to dinner, but a text or an email saying congratulations on your new song.”

Skinner ‘retired’ The Streets earlier this year and plays his final UK gig at Relentless Freeze Festival in London (October 28-29). He has promised to be involved with other projects.

He continued: “The Beats label was shortlived and it wasn’t successful, but it was an experience because I learnt not what to do, for myself and also the industry. I suppose as the Beats ended, The Streets saw a bit of a decline. Mike’s biggest years were probably 2006 / 2007, since then he’s kind of disappeared.”