My first thought as Nick takes to the stage is "this man looks like he's gonna be good". Nick sits on a stool with his acoustic guitar wearing a checked shirt, blue jeans and Converse trainers, with long blond hair his image is that of a grunge guru from the 90s.
Nick starts his set with an original song ‘Strong Hearted’ (featured below). After a short delicate intro Nick starts to sing. It is at this precise moment the audience are won over. With a powerful voice that has great rhythm and a soulful intensity, Nick will decorate words with emotion. Nick continues to perform a mixture of original material and classic covers such as ‘American Pie’ by Don Mclean. Halfway through the set Nick surprises us all by doing a little beatbox mid song. Nick truly is a talented and very versatile Musician.
IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE PUT A LOT OF EMOTION INTO YOUR SONG 'STRONG HEARTED'. DID IT TAKE YOU LONG TO WRITE?
It just sort of happened. I'd had a holiday in Malaysia. It was this that had inspired me to want to record an album. Malaysia is a very inspiring part of the world.
BEATBOXING IS A BRAVE DECISION WHEN YOU CONSIDER IT HAS ITS ROOTS IN HIP-HOP. WHAT GAVE YOU THE IDEA TO INTRODUCE THIS INTO YOUR ACT?
I had been gigging for a while and I started notice people were not really listening to what I was doing so I thought to myself "I wonder". So I started to throw in a few little beats and every one in the pub turned to see what I was doing. People started so show a real interest. So now I see beatbox as my saviour it's a good introduction to my music.
DO YOU HAVE A SONG THAT IS GUARANTEED TO GET AN AUDIENCE GOING?
I try and do a really good cover of a classic but you really have got to make them your own.
IS MUSIC YOUR FULL TIME JOB?
Yes I'm trying to gig as much as I can but I'm also working in Toby's cafe once maybe twice a week in the music studio. My job there is as a music mentor to the music students to help them with the Young People's Arts Award. I try to encourage them to find and use their talents which will help them achieve their full potential.