Nick Mulvey

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Nick Mulvey
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Background information
Birth name Nick Mulvey
Born (1984-11-04) 4 November 1984 (age 32)
Genres Indie
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums, piano, Hang
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts Ben Howard, Portico Quartet

Nick Mulvey (born 4 November 1984) is an English musician, singer and songwriter who studied music in Havana, Cuba. He played the Hang as a founder member of 2008 Mercury Prize nominated band Portico Quartet, until 2011 when he left to pursue his career as a singer-songwriter[1] releasing the EPs The Trellis (2012) and Fever to the Form (2013) and his studio album First Mind in 2014 which received a Mercury Music Prize nomination. His second album, Wake Up Now, will be released on the 8th September 2017.[2]


Mulvey grew up in Cambridge and attended Chesterton Community College and Long Road Sixth Form College.[3] At the age of 19 he moved to Havana, Cuba to study music and art. On returning to the UK, Nick enrolled at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies to study Ethnomusicology.

Portico Quartet[edit]

While studying Ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Mulvey met the other members of Portico Quartet. The band consisted of Cambridge school friend Duncan Bellamy (drums), Jack Wyllie (soprano and tenor saxophone), and Milo Fitzpatrick (double bass). Their debut album Knee-deep in the North Sea, was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Prize[4] alongside Radiohead, Elbow, and Adele in 2008. The album's title was mentioned in the closing words to Alt-J's song Dissolve Me. Portico Quartet released their second album Isla on 9 October 2009 through Real World Records.

Solo career[edit]

Mulvey left Portico Quartet in 2011 to focus on a solo career as a singer-songwriter. Some critics noted his change in style,[5] Mulvey states that his style of music stays consistent. "I'm always drawn to the same principles in music. Beneath each genre, at a certain level, they hold the same principles".

As a solo artist, Mulvey released his first EP The Trellis in November 2012, and his second, Fever to the Form in July 2013. On his autumn 2013 tour with Laura Marling, he performed in symphony halls across the UK, naming Marling as a great influence to his solo music.

In 2014, Nick Mulvey played Wonderfruit in Thailand.[6]

On the 16th May 2017, Mulvey announced a new track, Unconditional, and on the 20th May 2017 announced the album Wake Up Now, to be released on the 8th September 2017. Two further singles were released: Myela (about the European migrant crisis) and Mountain to Move.[7]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions

First Mind 10 127 196 58 10
Wake Up Now
  • Released: 8 September 2017
  • Label: Fiction, Universal
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP
25 149 46 56

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
The Trellis
Fever to the Form


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2013 "Nitrous"[16] First Mind
2014 "Cucurucu" 26 30
"Meet me there"
"I don't want to go home"
2017 "Unconditional" Wake Up Now
"Mountain to Move"