I’ve been waiting for this guy for a while. He first came to my attention when I was working at AWAL. One of the company directors brought him in to try and sign him to a production deal (which sadly never materialised) whilst he was still about 15 (the main reason the deal never came together was because his mum wanted him to focus on his GCSEs). He made quite an impression, and I made a mental note of him as being one to watch.

Fast forward to April 16th 2013, and he co-wrote the current UK no.1 [Duke Dumont feat. A*M*E – 100%] and is featured on the B-side of the single that is set to replace it at the top of the charts this coming Sunday [Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre – Waiting All Night]. Perhaps most frightening is that he’s just getting started. He’s still 18. He was born in 1994, ffs!

I’ve had the privilege of watching him work in the studio, and he is incredibly impressive at working Logic. I’ve watched a fair few people create music with that software, but nobody with the speed and professionalism of MNEK. And he’s not even an engineer! He’s a producer/writer/engineer/artist – the full package in the truest sense. You can get a sense for the rich depth of his vocal abilities on the early Rudimental single ‘Spoons’.

I’m far from the first to fawn over his talents, he’s been signed to Modest Management for some time now, and already has writing credits under his belt for The Saturdays, The Wanted, Misha B and Little Mix, but I’m now wondering if we’ll get to see him step out in front of the mic and release his own material rather than penning for others. Here’s hoping…

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