Meet Emerging Musician, BENEE
How did it feel to release a cohesive body of work into the world versus releasing singles?
It feels pretty amazing! I think I’m always looking forward to giving people more music, so I guess putting a chunk of it out together in one go was that much more exciting.
Apple Music editors describe the EP as “a collection of catchy R&B/pop songs with so much warmth and comfort in [your] vocals [the listener] would be forgiven for missing the personal themes and moving stories that lie within.” What are some of those stories? Did you think these would be relatable to an audience when you wrote them?
What I write about definitely varies I would say, HA! Some of my songs are about weird dreams I’ve had, and others such as “Want Me Back” & “Wishful Thinking” are more of those kinda heartbreak songs. I hope that people can relate to what I write about! I like how not everyone knows exactly what each song is about, and I’d be interested to actually get an idea of what people take from some of the more personal / weirder themes throughout my writing.
Hmm, I’m not sure haha! I don’t think I grew up too fast.
I think the big thing about the music scene in New Zealand is that it’s pretty small. Everyone knows each other, and it’s very much like a tight kinda family, like community, which is awesome. I think comparing this to say the music scene in somewhere like America…I would imagine it would be a lot more competitive and probably a lot harder to become known as an artist.
For sure! I grew up listening to a bunch of different stuff! Mum & dad introduced me to artists like Radiohead, Groove Armada & Lily Allen, who I still play on high repeat! I also grew up around a lot of NZ music! Bands like Fat Freddy’s Drop & The Mint Chicks are also a couple childhood favs!
Ohhh ya! I have one coming about this crazy dream I had and everything in the music video is inspired by what I wrote down the morning after having this dream, so I’m excited for the world to really take a look inside what goes on inside ma brain!
Thank you! Oh for sure! I love fashion! I think any way that I can express myself in different forms I will, and fashion for me is the coolest with just being able to go wild with it! I love the idea of creating my own clothes in the future.