Labrinth said when he first signed with a major record label, he “didn’t like it” because he “allowed” others to tell him how to work in the music business.
The 33-year-old award-winning singer-songwriter, whose real name is Timothy McKenzie, said he “lost confidence” as his fame grew.
In 2010, he produced and co-wrote his first single Pass Out sung by Tinie Tempah, and rapper Frisky’s second single, which debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart.
Labrinth signed with Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco, in 2010 and produced Electronic Earth, which peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart in 2012.
Labrinth told The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett podcast that he signed Cowell when he was told that “it’s a bigger check” and that he would be “preferred” because “you’re not like anyone else.” whatever’s on their label.”
He added: “I don’t think about it for myself, I let other people tell me what my next direction is, because I don’t think I have the energy to think about what I want. for yourself.
“I don’t ask myself what I want because I always give what others want.
“You have to look like a tycoon and look important and collect all this stuff.
“One thing I like about (having) ADHD is that I don’t think about money the same way.
“My plan was, if I could take a sound from heaven and put it into the computer, that sound would light up my whole soul, sometimes when I compose music, I cry.”
Labrinth said it all started when he threw a guitar at one of his concerts because he was “very angry” and full of “social anxiety”.
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He added: “I was like, I hate this, I don’t say it in my head, I can feel it.
“I thought, why am I standing in front of this crowd – they love it, why am I doing this.
Labrinth said his wife and therapist supported him during his “heavy hair loss” and “panic attacks” and helped him take a step back to focus on himself.
He added: “If she wasn’t around, I would have lost it. A lot of people don’t realize how strong and powerful women are around people in the public eye.”
In 2019, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for original music and outstanding lyrics for his song on the HBO show Euphoria called All For Us and released the album Ends And Begins with Columbia of the year. now.
Labrinth said he’s getting to the point of getting “naked” with his music and showing people the real him.
He said now he wants to do an opera and “do things no one else has done with the choir”.
Labrinth also co-produced the soundtrack of The Lion King: The Gift, for which he co-wrote the single Spirit, with Beyonce and Swedish musician Ilya Salmanzadeh.
They have received nominations at the Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Critics’ Choice Film Awards.
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