boohooMAN meet Nick Brewer
By day I’m a rapper, by night I would call myself a budding spinner –it hurts!
1. You’ve worked on a few major collaborations in the past, Bibi Bourelly on “Talk to Me”, and with Sinead Hartnett on your latest single, “Never Say Never”, any plans for more collaborations in the future?
Yeah I mean collaborating is something I really enjoy. There’s not specific ones but it’s definitely something I’m keen on doing as it’s fun to work with other artists that bring something new out it me.
2. Who would your ultimate collaboration be? Dead or alive? You seem to love strong women vocalists!
Nick: It would fulfil a boyhood dream to hook up with Wiley – he’s the main reason why I started to take MC’ing seriously.
3. What inspires your writing? Do you take from personal experiences?
Generally the same people that inspire me are artists like Wiley, Kano, Dizzee Rascal and then some U.S. rappers like Eminem and Nas… I listen to all those guys, still! They’ve all played a bit part in my music in the past and continue to do so.
4. Do you take from personal experiences?
Yeah definitely, it’s what first got me in to writing; talking about the things I was thinking and things I’ve experienced. I saw writing was the best way to do that – to get the thoughts out of my head.
5. Describe your sound for anyone who hasn’t heard you.
Introspective rap. I take different influencers from UK Hip hop, Garage and Grime and trend to blend them all into my music. It’s not one genre.
6. Your debut album is set to be released this year; what can we expect?
I see the album as a good opportunity to tell my story and say what I’m all about. It shows what I’m doing – growing up and getting to a point where I am, how do I say... learning to believe in myself. I’ve doubted myself a lot in the past.
7. Who/what inspires your music?
[Life]… continuing to grow and experience it. [Questions like] why is that like that, why do we as people deal with a situation like that.
Artists like J Cole, Drake and Kendrick Lamar [inspire me] – seeing their music impact their surrounding the way it has.
8. What/who are you listening to at the moment?
Anderson.Paak, Raleigh Ritchie, Jack Garrett – they’re the kind of artists I’ve been listening to. I think they’re all exciting and refreshing.
9. Best gig you’ve been to recently? If you’ve even had the time…
I went to Frisco’s event at The Den and saw Ghettz and Chipmunk and it was sick – it was upstairs in a venue in Shoreditch and the floor was shaking, I thought it was gonna fall in.
10. How did you get into music, what made you pursue it as a career?
It was always something I was doing on the side but I never imagined myself doing it full time. The Confect – a group of producers – pushed me to take it seriously. I’ve got them to thank for deciding to go for it. I was scared to fail but I’m happy I did it.
11. What was your plan B?
I was working in youth work and in schools; I reckon I might have become a teacher. But I’m definitely better at rapping than teaching kids!
12. Best advice you’ve ever received?
To realise that I have something to say and to not try and say what people think, or what I think people would want to hear. That’s why I tried to do and it didn’t work, but when I said what I felt, people related to it.
13. Any advice you’d give to any budding rappers/MCs out there?
I think people can see through you when you’re not being yourself. Work out what you stand for. Work out what makes you unique and go with it.
Check out Nicks latest single here