When he was 14, like lots of 14-year-olds, MNEK used to check out blogs to find new tunes. Unlike most teenagers this particular south Londoner would send his own music to blogs too. But unlike most bedroom producers who fire off their music to blogs, he found that people started posting his tracks.
A formidable producer and vocalist from an early age, MNEK has hardly been resting on his laurels. During 2009, between the age of 14 and 15, he was already being tipped by the likes of the Guardian, NME, Dazed and Confused and Popjustice – a varied range of plaudits that typifies the manifold genres in which he continues to flourish.
Over the last few years, MNEK has further demonstrated the diversity of his talents by working with acts like Frankmusik and CocknBullKid. In 2012 he began a fruitful long-term working relationship with Rudimental (with writing credits and features on 4 songs from their platinum selling ‘Home’ album), touring with the group and working on three Top 10 hits, including two Number One singles. He also co-wrote ‘Need U (100%)’ with Duke Dumont and A*M*E, earning him a Grammy nomination at the age of only 19 for ‘Best Dance Recording’.
2013 saw further collaborations with the likes of Sub Focus, with a Nike ad and remixes for artists as diverse as Bastille and Tinie Tempah along the way. Despite the breadth of MNEK’s talents – writer, producer, singer, musician, remixer – 2014 looks to be his busiest year to date. Gorgon City’s single ‘Ready For Your Love’ which he wrote and features on was a massive Top 5 hit and there is much anticipation for the release of his debut album on Virgin EMI.