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There are two possible outcomes when you start your musical career at the fresh-faced age of 14. Get whored out, peak early and sadly die a career, or even literal death well before your time, or take your time, soak it all in, learn and perfect, ready to unleash the best of yourself. Luckily, our story concerns the second, and echoes the path of Uzoechi Emenike. You may not have heard that name, but under his artist moniker, MNEK, there’s no doubt you will have definitely heard his work. As guest vocalist for Gorgon City’s ‘Ready for Your Love’ hit, producer of Little Mix’s ‘Wings’, writer of The Saturday’s ‘All Fixed Up’ (aged 16!), he’s just about to drop his debut album. But first, a summer of festivals


We were so excited to see you on the bill for Latitude this year – is it one you’re looking forward to? Definitely, I’m really excited for Latitude. All my friends are gonna be there and I’ve heard it’s a great crowd, so it should be wicked.


Nice! Ten you bookend the summer with another incredible festival – Bestival. Do you think that’ll be a different kind of vibe for you than Latitude, or does a British festival crowd seem to be the same wherever? Erm, I dunno; I honestly don’t know what to expect, ‘cause I haven’t done a lot of festivals myself, so I’m just really looking forward to it and hoping for the


22 / July 2014/outlineonline.co.uk best. I’m really excited.


It’s a big day for you; ‘Wrote a Song About You’ is premiering tonight, isn’t it? Te buzz is crazy on Twitter with just the snippets you’ve been revealing. You like to tease us, don’t you… I like having moments where you don’t just let stuff out - I like to present it, so I think this is the only way that I can do it.


It’s been on lockdown, so we’ve only heard a couple of seconds of it. Once it’s revealed, do you think we’ll learn a bit mo -re about the upcoming album, and how that’s gonna sound?


[Laughs] I think with every song we release, you’re gonna learn about the album ‘cause every song is different from each other. In the same way that ‘Every Little Word’ was one element, I think you’ll learn that there’s diversity in the album.


Te way that you’ve come into the industry, as a guest vocalist, producer, writer etc, before doing your own stuff necessarily – has it allowed you to learn a lot in the wings about how to be an artist? Yeah, especially when I was doing stuff with Rudimental. To actually be within a touring environment with them, seeing the way they do their thing


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