MUSIC producer Compton White has signed a deal with one of the most respected labels in the industry — thanks in part to a complaint about a T-shirt.
Compton — aka Lloyd Whittle, son of IW councillor Wayne Whittle — released his debut EP last year and has become a regular on the bill at Bestival after impressing curator and DJ Rob da Bank.
Now he has been signed by Tri Angle, a label frequently touted as one of the most influential labels on the scene, with its artistes collaborating with the likes of Kanye West, Bjork, Disclosure, A$AP Rocky, FKA Twigs and Diplo.
Lloyd, 21, told the County Press the amazing story behind the deal.
“I’m a huge fan of Tri Angle. I did my dissertation on the label and I managed to interview a few people at the label.
“Last year, after I brought out the Compton White EP, I happened to buy a T-shirt from Tri Angle and when it didn’t arrive I e-mailed them to complain it hadn’t come.
“I got an e-mail back saying it was on its way but they recognised my name. I told them I had interviewed them when I did the dissertation but then they said it was because they recognised me as Compton White and they really liked the record.
“The label manager was in London over Christmas and we met up and he said they would like to sign me.”
The plan is to re-release the Compton White EP in the coming weeks, with Lloyd hoping to work with Canadian musician Jean-Michel Blais on remixes.
Fresh material is expected in the new year.