The producer and artist, who has worked with Little Simz, Michael Kiwanuka and Adele, was awarded producer of the year at the Brit Awards earlier this year.
Inflo, who also fronts Sault, shared a statement to his Instagram yesterday (5 June). “Nathan and I have been on a mission to introduce a base rate and royalty for young producers in the UK. This will ensure young producers are protected on any major label releases and have a code of conduct to go by.”
Further detailing this initiative that Inflo – real name Dean Josiah Cover – has been working on with Nathan Burke to support young producers, he wrote: “We’ve been having conversations with producers, artists, labels and lawyers to see what that rate can be. Everyone agrees no young or upcoming producers should be exploited, and the artist shouldn’t have to give up any further royalty share than they already have been.”
“Most young producers, especially young Black producers, come into the business really pure, with friends as management and no real guidance, protection or understanding. They’re often eager for placements and would sign without fully understanding contracts, in desperation of life-changing opportunities,” the post continued. “I honestly feel most of us have come into the music business to make it a better place creatively and economically, for the opportunity to leave a legacy that our children and children’s children can be proud of.”
In January 2020, Inflo became the first Black recipient of producer of the year at the Brit Awards since the first ever edition of the awards ceremony. “I feel very humbled and grateful to be the first Black producer to win in this category since 1977. Big up all the Black British producers before I & I and killing it right now everywhere, so inspiring!!”
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