In The Lab With Labrinth
Hey guys! Labrinth signing in once again. I hope you're well and that your summer's been great! I've been busy as usual and there are lots of exciting things for me to tell you about. I recently filmed the video for my brand new song, 'Earthquake' – which should be out in October – and all I can say just now is that it's the total opposite to 'Let The Sun Shine'...
'Earthquake' is a hip-hoppy, hooky song with a Super Nintendo influence and a lot of energy! I really can't wait to perform it for you all, and I hope you appreciate that I didn't just do the same thing I did last time. I can't tell you about my outfit for the video yet, I'm afraid, but all I can say is that it is extreme!
Another exciting project that I'm proud to be working on is this year's Children In Need single. It's a cover of Massive Attack's 'Teardrop' and features Tulisa, Ed Sheeran, Wretch 32 and others from the grime/urban scene.
Gary Barlow approached me because he wanted the song to be meaningful, but also current and cool, and he knew that I had worked with a lot of the acts involved before. People are saying that it's going to be the coolest Children In Need record ever made, so I hope we achieved what Gary wanted. We all hope the track does something worthwhile and boosts the campaign in a really positive way.
I've had such an amazing summer! I performed at loads of festivals – Glastonbury was a highlight. I love working with my band and being on stage. I suppose I love festivals so much because I usually spend so much time in the studio and, for me, a festival is just like bringing my studio on to a stage in front of thousands of people.
Something I've noticed at my live gigs is the different types of people who attend – there’s such a diverse crowd. At the last gig I did, there was a pop crowd mixed with grime and dubstep lovers, and they all seem to take something from my songs.
I told the crowd that I wanted to see a moshpit – thinking that they wouldn't do it – but before I knew it, there were three moshpits going on! A JLS fan told me afterwards how much she loved it and that it was unlike the type of shows she'd been to before. That's such a good thing. I want to reach different audiences like that.
I suppose it just got me thinking, I want to be a real artist with a whole host of influences. I don't wanna be a pop artist wrapped in tinsel; shiny but with no substance behind it. A lot of artists move so fast nowadays, like Rihanna, with three albums in two years. But the songs don't last long, they come and go. I hope that my skills get what they deserve and that I'm here to stay.
I'm having fun and making music and, most importantly, it's been an honest development. I'm just glad to have your support and I'm looking forward to the future with you all on board! Look out for the Reebok campaign that I've got coming out with Bluey Robinson and, of course, the song I produced for the lovely Ms Dynamite, 'Neva Soft', is out now! : )
Until next time guys, take care.
Labrinth was speaking to Kay Smith (@KaySmith_)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)