In The Lab With Labrinth
Hey! Hope you're all good. It's been another busy month over here. As you may know, I released my second single, 'Earthquake', with Tinie Tempah a couple of weeks ago. It went in at number two and I was really happy. We were pipped to number one by Professor Green, which is something I can't complain about as I've always said that I support UK talent all the way, and Pro Green is no exception…
I feel like I've come a long way since the beginning of the year, and the success of 'Earthquake' represents that. I kind of felt that I had to build myself up again from scratch after 'Let the Sun Shine' came out, as it had been a long time since I'd released my own single. That buzz had died down because I'd been away in the studio working hard all year, so I hadn't been doing as much promo. I really wanted the song to come out and speak for itself. It feels good to know that it did just that, and that the hard work paid off! People don't just know me as a producer now, ‘Earthquake’ has put me right back to where I wanted to be. I'm so thankful to my team, who have all worked really hard to help me get here.
I had a Reebok party to launch 'Earthquake' and I performed with Bluey Robinson on the night. It was such a good night, although it was a shame that Simon Cowell couldn't make it – he was away at the time. I was happy that Kelly Brook and Emeli Sande turned up, though. It felt like we launched the single in the right way and with a really cool bunch of people. I've also been on the Chase & Status tour, which was insane. Moshpits and everything! They came into my dressing room beforehand and told me I'd kill it. Zane Lowe showed his support for me as well, which really meant a lot.
Did you guys see my Radio One Live Lounge? I was so pleased with the response that it got. I arranged everything for the performance and put the whole structure together. My job is so crazy, but I love it. It's important for me to be known for what I do behind the scenes as well, because I take pride in creating my music. No offence to the likes of Jason Derulo, but I don't just dance in my live performances, I play instruments and I like getting the opportunity to showcase that.
I always imagined doing these things, but you never know for certain if they will happen. I never would have thought I'd have done all of this at the age of 22, and sometimes it messes with my head. My family have been really proud to see me come from a ghetto-like area and achieve this much so far. My brothers have been touring with Tinie Tempah and Wretch 32, too, so it's one big musical family!
So, as for the future, I should be releasing my next single early next year and then the album will be out. There's always a surprise with me, though, so who knows what will happen until then. I'm just putting together artwork and video ideas as we speak. I’m also deciding the order of the album tracks, which I think is really important. I'll also be on tour around the UK next year, so hopefully I'll meet you guys there! You can get all of the dates and ticket info on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LabrinthTV.
Finally, I want you lot to help me suggest names for the album. In return, I'll mention you in my album sleeve! So tweet me @Labrinthda1st with your ideas. I'm looking forward to reading them!
Labrinth was speaking to Kay Smith (@KaySmith_)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)