- 19 Apr 17
Mike Skinner talks life after The Streets and why he’s happiest as a jack of all trades.
Mike Skinner spent 12 years fronting The Streets, the multi-platinum rap act that melted hearts with 2004’s weepy epic ‘Dry Your Eyes’. But that was very much then – today Skinner, 38, is gainfully employed running a record label, curating a club night and writing a movie script. One thing he doesn’t do any more is rap in those distinctively heartfelt tones.
“I’m known for certain things but those aren’t the things I want to be known for,” Skinner tells Hot Press. “For a very small amount of time I rapped. And for a much longer amount of time I’ve been a producer.”
He enjoyed his early years with The Streets. But by the end, the grind of recording an album simply to tour it had lost its romance. Skinner mothballed the brand following 2011’s Computers And Blues and hasn’t looked back. Marriage and a baby daughter have changed his priorities; even if he wanted to he couldn’t go back to being the cheeky scamp of old.