Timbaland talks about new music, his long career and being a ‘modern day Quincy Jones’

The US artist featured at the ASCAP music expo this weekend

Timbaland spoke at the ‘I Create Music’ expo hosted by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) this weekend.

The US producer, who has worked with everyone from Jay-Z to Justin Timberlake, was due to appear in person at the event, but because of travel disruptions, was interviewed via live feed instead.

Various interviewers asked a number of questions, including ones about Timbaland’s signature sound, his work on the TV series Empire and his extensive career.

“It feels like I’m just getting started,” Timbaland responded and, subsequently, compared the music business to “a marathon not a sprint”. As Billboard reports, halfway through the talk the producer commented: “Right now, I’m loving making music again.”

With regards to working with the music side of things on Empire, Timbaland noted: “It’s been a blessing and a cool challenge – I’ve got a couple of more shows coming out. Between Empire and the NBA, I’m now getting to do what I’ve always wanted to do.”

And when one questioner referred to the producer as “the inventor of sound”, Timbaland said: “Some people have called me the modern day Quincy Jones. I’m trying to live up to that.”

Watch footage shot on a phone of Timbaland answering questions at ASCAP:

In recent news, Timbaland was accused of refusing to DJ a benefit concert after they failed to provide bottles of Ace Of Spades, the $300-a-bottle (£210) champagne owned by Jay Z. Timbaland has denied the accusations.

Venue promoter Mitchell Jaworski claimed that they provided a different brand of champagne, amongst other drinks, but that Timbaland refused to take to the stage until 1am, when he “just stood there” while another DJ played music.

“They had about 15 bottles of liquor and champagne, which is extremely excessive especially for a charity event,” Jaworski has alleged. “They seemed more concerned about getting every drop of liquor.”

Timbaland’s representatives have refuted the claims, telling Billboard: “Unfortunately, the statement made by the promoter in Detroit is simply not true”.