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You might not know Tinie Tempah by name, but you know his hit single “Written In The Stars” cause it’s one of AMP’s Top Songs.
The London MC recently stopped by the Bud Light Lime Lounge at the AMP Radio studios. Since his visit he’s made his debut performance in the U.S. at Cinespace in Hollywood, CA and most recently at the SXSW music festival in Austin, TX.
Tinie has also picked up two Brit Awards for Best Breakthrough Act and Best Single for “Pass Out.” The UK sensation has made his way across the pond and it seems his ultimate success is obviously written in the stars.
Before his debut album Disc-Overy make’s it’s U.S. release on May 17th you can see the 22 year-old MC on April 17th at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA.
This is Tinie Tempah. Oh and he’s never used a George Foreman Grill.
McCabe: So how did you get your start? And what were you doing in London to kind of build your way up?
Tinie T: Just working away like anybody who wants to pursue a career would. I’ve been pursuing music seriously now for about four years.
So three years up until this incredible year, I’ve been just working on an independent level. I set up my own record label. We’re called Disturbing London, with my manager.
We’re kind of just doing things to record label standards. We were shooting our own music videos, trying to get our tracks on the radio, and then, um, everything was kind of bubbling over. We brought up a lot of little bars.
I was doing shows to a certain level, but we kind of hit like a glass ceiling. So, I kind of took it to the internet in 2009 and I set up this really really cool blog called Milk and Two Sugars. Obviously because I’m English and I love tea.
Tinie’s blog that consisted of exclusive interviews with AMP artists like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jay Sean[/lastfm] created a huge buzz and it only took about seven months to garnish about 2 millions hits.
As the blog gained more and more attention it wasn’t long before the record labels started to take notice. Tinie signed his deal in 2009, immediately started recording and “the rest was history.”