Biography

“Simply Irresistible” are the lyrics that South African born, Nic Billington, belted out whilst watching a Robert Palmer music video at the tender age of 6 years old. At that very moment, Nic knew he was destined to be a pop star. 

South Africa

After relocating with his family from Scotland to South Africa in 1994, Nic often ventured out on his own to indulge in his favourite past time – music. He spent his younger days with his notebook and pen, scribbling lyrics while laying down melodies on his tape recorder.

By the age of 13, Nic had already written an array of pop songs and was involved in the school choir and later became one half of the duo, The Verdict. The Verdict enjoyed popular success with their combination of dance and house music.

In 2006, Nic was in the employ of an independent record company, where he spent time learning the trivia of the music industry. He soon began networking with producers, using his business acumen to slowly build the foundations of his career as a serious music artist.

Discovered by Britney

Determined to forge ahead in the music industry, Nic decided to take a different approach when it came to reaching fame. His unique covers of pop music videos on YouTube earned him a large following worldwide, reaching over a quarter of a million views. At the end of 2008, Britney Spears herself featured one of his covers on her official website, www.britneyspears.com.

Fame in South Africa

In 2009, Nic was selected as one of Cleo magazine’s top 50 eligible bachelors. He has also received vast media coverage in newspapers and magazines throughout South Africa including, People Magazine, Teenzone, The Sunday Times and Get It.

Nic grasped the opportunity to have his songs feature on compilations albums, namely “Trevor Williams Vol 2”, “Hot Summer Mix 2010” and “Hot Summer Mix Vol. 12”. Popular South African DJ Roxxi, invited Nic to feature alongside Flash Republic’s, Craig Massiv, on her electro funk debut, “Away”. The single charted on numerous radio stations and took the number 1 position on East Coast Radio in 2009.

Nic was soon approached by an A&R scout and referred to Clango Media, an independent record label. Together, Nic and his producer began working on his highly anticipated debut album “Overload”. During this time Nic was featured as one of People Magazines “Hotties of 2011”.

Kiss

In April 2011, Nic released a cover of Prince’s “Kiss” which was accompanied by a sleek futuristic-looking music video. “Kiss” received praise from critics for its “high standard”. After a preview of the music video, Colin Roopnarain from the Sunday Tribune wrote: “If he’s not world-famous by the time he’s 30, I’ll eat my hat”. “Kiss” received huge radio airplay on East Coast Radio, Good Hope FM, Red Cap Radio and East Rand Stereo. The music video was a favourite on SABC 3’s “Sound Check”.

Overload

Released in 2013, Nic’s debut album entitled “Overload” can be described as modern pop, electro and dance music, infused with retro undertones. “Overload” garnered the singles “Love Bound”, “Kiss” and the title single “Overload” all of which charted in the top 10 in South Africa.

Dark Horse 

In the summer of 2021, Nic made the move to London to introduce his music to new markets. His highly visual music videos for singles “Without A Warning”, “You Get Me High” and “Homesick” caught the attention of the pop blogosphere and social media seeing strong live support in London and Manchester with opening slots for pop mavens Bright Light Bright Light and Myylo. 

Nic has partnered with EQ Music for management to expand his global reach and will be playing his first American shows in Miami and New York later this year in support of his sophomore album “Dark Horse”. The album’s lead single “Dopamine” will be serviced to UK and US DJs. “Dark Horse” also features thrilling dark pop track “Slasher” and intimate power ballad “Goodbye” which is dedicated to his late grandmother. His cover of Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” is sure to turn some heads with its sexy music video whilst re-introducing Nic’s last few singles to new eyes and ears outside of South Africa. 

Dark Horse Quote

“I would describe my sound as a fusion of dark pop mixed with 80s nostalgia. It’s dark and melancholic with a modern and sexy twist” – Nic