Warner Chappell Music sign publishing deal with influential producer Toddla T21 October 2021 - Press release
Warner Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has signed a worldwide publishing deal with influential DJ, producer and songwriter Toddla T.
Toddla T is best known for his 11-year stint at BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra where he hosted weekly shows. He’s also enjoyed huge chart success as a producer, having shaped hits such as the BRIT-nominated ‘Ain’t It Different’ by Headie One, AJ Tracey and Stormzy, which hit number two on the UK charts; ‘Strike A Pose’ by Young T, Bugsey and Aitch, which went to number nine in the UK charts; and‘Boasty’ by Wiley, Stefflon Don, Sean Paul and Idris Elba, which charted at number 11.
Toddla T said: “A new chapter in the Toddla T Producky book… it’s great to link with Warner Chappell... more shellings to come! UK to the world.”
Helena Antoniades, Manager at HALE Artists continued: “The last few years for Toddla as a writer-producer have been fundamental to his career and now we are ready to step it up another gear with the brilliant team at Warner Chappell.”
Amber Davis, Head of A&R, Warner Chappell Music UK, added: “When Sam told me Toddla was potentially free for publishing I was over the moon as I’m a huge fan of his work – he’s been a staple of the UK dance and hip-hop scene for a number of years now. He has fantastic management with Helena Antoniades and his songwriting and production work over the last few years has been exceptional. I’m genuinely excited to see what he creates in the future.”
Sam Lowe, Senior International A&R Manager, Warner Chappell Music UK, concluded: “I’ve known T for many years in different capacities; his talent for producing and writing such a varied range of music, paired with his passion and ability to bring the best out of whoever he is working with is second to none. His focus and love for what he does is always evident, and I am extremely excited to be part of the next chapter for such a special individual.”
Toddla T is the artist name of Thomas Mackenzie Bell. He was born and raised in Sheffield and began DJing at 14 years old. He released his first album, Skanky Skanky, in 2009 which encompassed hip-hop, electro, garage, dancehall and house and featured collaborations with Matt Helders from the Arctic Monkeys, Benjamin Zephaniah, Roots Manuva, Tinchy Stryder and Hervé.
He has gone on to release two more albums, 2011’s Watch Me Dance and 2017’sForeign Light featuring Andrea Martin. In 2019, he produced and wrote on Stormzy’s seminal chart topping album Heavy Is The Head.
Most recently, he has produced for artists including Aitch, Anne-Marie, Avelino, Berwyn, KSI, Lady Leshurr, Miraa May, Mist, Sinead Harnett and Tia Carys. He is currently sitting on the Radio 1 playlist with his own single ‘Shaker’, a collaboration with Sweetie Irie & Jeremiah Asiamah ft Stefflon Don, S1mba.