Labrinth: ‘I’ve turned down millions of US work offers’

Producer says UK is the place to be for talent

Labrinth says he’s turned down “millions” of work offers from US artists in order to concentrate on working with British acts.

The producer, behind hits from Tinie Tempah, Professor Green and Ms Dynamite‘s comeback single Neva Soft, is also signed to SyCo as a solo artist, with new single ‘Earthquake’ out in October.

“America is a big part of this industry but the UK is where it’s at,” he told The Sun.

He added:

I’ve had millions of offers (from the States) but I’ve been busy working on my own album. It’s amazing to see what the urban scene is doing over here. It’s very cool and in at the moment. Tinie and Ed Sheeran are doing their thing. They are both great.

He hasn’t ruled out working across the Atlantic, however, but said it’s something he will approach with caution.

“You don’t want to be a small fish in a big pond but the rewards are huge,” he said. “I’ve seen Tinie go from UK to America and the numbers (on YouTube and sales) change instantly. I do want to go to America but it’s very important people know where we are from.”

Most recently, the 22-year-old, real name Timothy McKenzie, was responsible for producing the forthcoming Children In Need single, a cover of Massive Attack‘s ‘Teardrop’ featuring the likes of Tinchy Stryder, Wretch 32, N-Dubz‘s Tulisa Contostavlos and Ed Sheeran.