MNEK talks Hold Tight and Living For Love

For someone who’s a mere 20 years old, British musician MNEK — real name Uzo Emenike — already has a pretty formidable resumé, including production and writing credits on songs by pop kingpin Madonna.

MNEK interviewed by Brennan Carley, told SPIN about working with the Queen of pop and Diplo on Rebel Heart‘s Hold Tight and Living For Love. Check it out:

Gorgon City were at a festival with Diplo, and Diplo asked them, “Who are people in U.K. I should work with and who do you recommend?” The Gorgon City guys recommended me. [Diplo] hit up my management, and we got in the studio.
We started an idea [“Hold Tight”], and we played it for Madonna and she loved it. I worked on it, she rewrote some of the lyrics, and then she invited me to the studio to work with her on its production. It was… pretty great. She also asked if I would do some ad-libs for “Living For Love,” but a demo leaked that had all of my vocals on there. The final version had someone else I think. She must’ve interpreted that my voice was going to be on some remix, or something.

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