Inflo Is Working To Establish A Base Rate For Rising Music Producers

Inflo Is Working To Establish A Base Rate For Rising Music Producers

June 08, 2022

The early days of a producer's career can sometimes look uncertain as most arrive with no real support or industry knowledge to help navigate the way, which often leads to a loss of royalties for their work. That's why Inflo—real name Dean Josiah Cover—and his partner at the Forever Living Originals label Nathan Burke have joined together to draw up a code of conduct that will ensure that young producers are protected when releasing music under major labels.

In the official statement, Cover—who was recently named BRIT Awards Producer Of The Year—writes: "Nathan & 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.

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.

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.

I didn't want to speak on my award without any real progress being made, but we are now at the halfway point and I wanted to acknowledge the moment.

Thanks to the Brits for acknowledging me as Producer of the Year. 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!!

Love to Nathan & my Forever Living Originals team for supporting me in every way.

Love to Mummy, DD Cleo & Little Man

Love to God."

Inflo's rise to success has been an inspiring journey to witness, producing tracks for Adele's latest album 30, and working on recent albums for Cleo Sol and Little Simz, as well as being the creative force behind the enigmatic outfit SAULT. With years of experience in the industry as a well-rounded producer, there's no better person to kickstart an essential initiative for young producers waiting to make their own mark on the industry.

Words: Blessing Borode
Image via BRIT Awards