The 'Talk To Me' rapper says Eminem, Wiley and Dizzee Rascal have influenced his UK garage sound but after coming across the 'Thinking Out Loud' singer at a gig before he was famous, Nick realised he needed to have a softer edge too.
Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, he said: ''I remember seeing Ed perform in a pub and there were like ten of us there. I checked him out on twitter and he had 500 followers. But he put in this performance where you could see he thought he was performing to a sold out arena.
''I chatted with him after and he was such a cool guy ... he's not changed one bit and I want to be known for that too. To be genuine and show integrity and be honest. If you're a nice person hopefully that will come through.''
The 26-year-old musician is in the middle of writing his debut album and after the reception he received at Wireless and Reading festival over the summer, he's confident that his ''spacial'' UK sound will do well.
He added: ''At the moment it's sounding very UK in terms of the influences, there's a lot of garage and grime but it is spacey and experimental.
''That's what I've always tried to do. It's definitely going to be an album which I hope reflects UK music and the good state that UK music is in.
'Talk to Me' (featuring Bibi Bourelly) is available to download on September 25 and Nick headlines at London's Hoxton Bar and Grill on October 13.
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