Music guru ANTONIO 'LA' REID has praised the UK music industry for it's serious fans and vibrant atmosphere.

Reid, who as chairman of the ISLAND DEF JAM record label is responsible for the global success of acts such as Outkast and Usher, predicts a new music culture will rise out of the contemporary British scene.

He says, "What really impressed me is that music is so alive in the UK. It is so alive and it's so vibrant.

"It was so good to come out of the US and feel that.

"It feels like fans are more serious there. It also feels like the industry isn't jaded.

"It's like there is maybe a new culture in the music industry there."

20/02/2005 10:47