'Fill Me In' has scooped the prize of the most worthy number one of the year so far but but who is the man behind the awesome tune?

He's just 18 years of age and has already been dubbed 'the king of two-step', Southampton's brightest star Craig David logs onto dotmusic to bring you his story, in his words in an exclusive report:


I started off DJing Hip-Hop, R&B and Ragga down in Southampton and all the clubs around there. Prior to that I was an MC doing the circuit with a DJ and then I felt I could DJ myself. I met up with Mark Hill (one of the Artful Dodger) in a club where he was DJing garage downstairs and I was DJing R&B upstairs. He said he was working on this track called 'What You Wanna Do' which at the time was just a straight backing track. The studio was literally five minutes away from the club we were DJing at so I went down there and recorded the track. It was a really nice set up, the whole environment was really nice. The first track did really well on the club circuit, it went down a storm.

We moved on and started working on a whole R&B project which is what I loved from the start with a cover of Human League's 'Human' which we wanted to bring up to the 90's. I touched on Human League at an early age but I wouldn't say I was a big fan. Mark happened to be playing the track on a CD and I started trying singing over it. Next thing I know I've signed the best deal of my life to Wildstar and from then it was 'Rewind' - a track that had been finished for over a year.


We put it out on a white label, which then got signed and licensed on again. 'Rewind' was an organic thing to where it has got to since. It was never planned to even get into the charts. I came out of the studio after we had recorded it and was buzzing so much about it. I thought that if I had been in a club and this had been played I'd just be in my haven. I couldn't ask for much more from a debut single which I didn't expect to go anywhere.

I think the reason 'Rewind' did so well was because it was a blend of R&B, garage and the way it was structured not simply four to the floor that was what was unique to the song. Soon the market is going to get flooded with similar style tunes and will have to move on or it will become saturated.


I think it's important not to forget the current garage scene is British and it is important to never forget where you come from. I'm always gonna make sure I have a touch of that in my music through remixes and make sure there is fire there. I want to take this to another level now. From an Urban point of view Garage is the R&B of Britain as opposed to the US where R&B is so big.

On a personal level I have all confidence in myself that I'm gonna take this to the fullest for the UK. There are so many quality acts in America I think that is one of the reasons why the UK R&B scene hasn't done so well. To keep up with that you have to make sure you do everything at the same standard or do something else. My vocals are very R&B but the way I structure my songs are more pop. I think if you get the blend right it can really work. There are so many influences from the States that I've listened to all my life R Kelly, I've loved Donnell Jones from his first album, I could go through loads. I think it's dead important to keep it real and make sure you know where you're coming from. It's when you try and replicate American R&B that you fall by the wayside.

From the UK I have so much respect for Terence Trent D'Arby from when he was doing his thing. Now I'm really feeling what Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera are doing. They have shown that they are great entertainers and I think that's what matters in the end of the day. Robbie Williams is a great entertainer, he's maybe not the best vocalist in the world but he entertains people and that's what people love about him.


The R&B community is very fickle. If you go too far leftwing they say you're selling out and you're not part of the community anymore. My vocals are very R&B which the scene can get into whilst the more commercial market is hearing the songwriting so the kids and older people can feel it. It all comes down to the fine line between good and bad, street and pop and finding that middle ground. I'm finding that with my songwriting.