Nick Brewer has been on somewhat of a journey over the last few years. From a top 20 hit with ‘Talk To Me’ on Island Records, to seemingly disappearing. But Nick has been slowly but surely building back up over the past 18 months, regularly releasing new material to acclaim from a new generation and now returns with Sidelines EP.

The Sidelines EP is Nick’s first since 2015. The rapper explores the realities of what it feels like being on the sidelines, watching everything unfold in front of you knowing that you can make an impact if you take one step forward. The EP also features guest appearances from KREEA, FAVELA and vocals from Kadeem Tyrell.

The second single from the EP ‘Ronaldo’, which dropped on 23rd November, features soundbites from John Motson depicting Nick’s recent highs and lows, similarly to those of Ronaldo (No.9). Each verse sees Nick playing with words just as poetic as a football at the feet of Ronaldo.

On the track Nick says “Brazil’s Ronaldo is a legend. Watching him rip up numerous world cups while I was growing up is something I will never forget, and this song is a way of paying homage to him, while also making a statement about myself and how I aspire to have a similar impact in the music world.”

We caught up with Nick in the midst of his comeback to find out a little more about him.

Three words to describe our/my music
honest, reflective, lyrical

Favourite ever film…
The Departed

Favourite instagram account…
6ix9ine (don’t knock it til you’ve tried it)

The best venue I’ve played…
Shepherds Bush Empire

The song I can’t listen to…
‘Swagger Jagger; by Cher Lloyd wasn’t the best, was it?

The worst job I’ve ever had…
Putting leaflets through letterboxes. 1000 leaflets for a tenner, wasn’t worth it!

My favourite meal to cook…
Anything with salmon

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Michael Jackson all day long!

My Favourite word….
I want to say a word that will make me look really smart and interesting… but the reality is the word I probably say the most is ‘like’

If I had a superpower I’d want it to be….
Invisibility. I just feel like it would come in handy.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Royal Albert Hall. Amazing venue.

I think you should listen to…
Kerem Akdag, an amazing artist from Istanbul.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Michael Jackson. Gone too soon.

Sidelines EP is out now.