Following his recent recent signing to Island Records, rapper Nick Brewer is taking the industry head on, having received airplay from Huw Stephens at Radio One and DJ Target at 1xtra to name just two! Having recently released his new ‘Warning Light EP’ on iTunes, we spoke to him to discuss breaking stereotypes, his faith and what his aims are in the music game….
1. 1. What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?
So far, the most rewarding part of my career is just having people that appreciate my music. I mean however few or many it may be it’s nice when you’re writing lyrics for people to actually then connect with them. I mean there’s lots of cool stuff that comes with doing music, but that’s a feeling I can’t quite get over.
2. 2. What is your longer term aim with regards to making music?
I really want to start a youth project/record label where I could help develop young artists, but through my music – discussing issues that I felt I struggled with growing up. Issues like being able to accept myself, knowing who I was and who I wanted to be, and knowing that I’ve got a voice and the ability to change stuff. So the kind of things that I want to with my music? Help young people and help hone their talents.
3. 3. What role does faith play in the songwriting aspect of you as an artist?
My faith in God is quite a big thing for me and something that has affected all aspects of my life. So I always wrote from a place of introspection and kind of looking at what I’ve been through and what I’ve learnt and what God’s shown me on my journey. So it plays a big part and it also means that there are a lot of things that I wouldn’t talk about or wouldn’t delve into. So I try to be led by faith whenever I’m writing lyrics.
4. 4. Do you ever feel you’re breaking the stereotype of what it means to be a rapper?
I think all artists now are just breaking the stereotypes, even back when Eminem started – he died his hair bleach blonde, he was rapping about living in a trailer and he was really breaking stereotypes. Still when you say ‘rapper’ there’s going to be an image that comes to people’s heads – that’s what stereotyping is. But I feel like I’m just being me and I feel like more and more artists are literally just being themselves and it’s not about the bravado of pretending to be someone else. So, I feel like I’m one of many that are just challenging the stereotype.
5. 5. Who are the people in this world you look up to the most?
I look up to my parents definitely; they set a great example for me. I look up to anyone that uses their position to have a positive influence, as cheesy as that sounds. When you see people that are in a big position and that could have a great life say ‘No, I’m actually going to try and bring about a positive change’, I really look up to and respect that.