"I think the reason black British music is not developing and being embraced in the way it should is lack of artist development."
"Right now, I think it's in a turbulent state, in that on the one hand you've got the success stories - the So Solid Crews and things like that that are doing so well. It seems to be because, not because people sit down in their house and think it's genuinely fantastic and whatever - that's the mainstream I'm talking about - it's because often people are riding with it because they think it's the cool of right now. And next year, the same people who are saying this is so cool, are going to be the same people saying, 'Ooh that was so last year - that's not happening anymore.' It's somewhat like a false economy.
"I think some of the artists that are genuinely very talented and on their way to doing something, like MJ Cole and Wookie, seem to have gone very quiet in terms of mainstream. We're no really hearing about them, and those are the guys that I think really have got something going on. I think in the state of soul and R&B - that whole area of music has been in a very poor state of affairs. I look around and I feel like an oasis. I feel like I'm out here by myself trying to do something, I'm praying to God that Shaun Escoffery gets some success, because I think he's really talented and I hope that other artists who are on their way up like that get to sign deals and get to have artistic development.
"I think the reason black British music is not developing and being embraced in the way it should is lack of artist development. There is no artist development. People sign a package, a product, and want to sell it perfectly as is and when. It doesn't work, because they haven't been developed, encouraged.