Inventive and compelling, Melbourne based multi-hyphenate singer songwriter Benedict has shared their powerful new single Wake Up, an anthemic call to action that speaks on behalf of all humanity, calling for understanding and peace. Haunting, passionate, and evocative of the alluring Massive Attack, legendary David Bowie and inimitable Prince, Wake Up is pervasive and truly moving. Produced by Dean Tuza (Stella Donnelly, The Rubens, Mossy) and mixed by legendary NYC-based producer Lee Groves (Madonna, Depeche Mode), soft synth pads create a perfect bed for Benedict’s poignant and nuanced vocal style, while colourful strings swell and propel the track forward, lingering and persuading the listener to pay attention. Benedict answers some questions about the single for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of your single Wake Up?
The build up to my single release of Wake Up was crazy and exciting all in one! So many challenges that I faced with Covid lockdowns and many other things an indie artist faces but seeing it released out into the world was magical.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
Well it was due to not being able to get into the studio to record it, but once there it was smooth sailing. Working with Dean Tuza (producer) is one of the most aligned experiences I have had to date. I say how I hear the track and want it and he helps create the dream track! So I would say it is easy with Dean. You can’t buy that genius.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
Dreamy yet powerful with a message. It aims to draw listeners in and connect with the lyric and the message. There is enough anger and loud screaming in this world. I want to bring all messages gently through my soft vocal yet strong lyrics and music.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Honestly I cannot say one influencer. I have quite a few that make all the pieces come together. To name a few would make sense to me. Bowie, Prince, Queen, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, Kate Bush to name a few. Growing up in a musical home this set the foundation of my journey in music. Influenced by artists that had mission, fought for human rights and dreamed big!
Best piece of advice you have been given?
‘What is for me won’t go past me’. A friend said this to me once. I live by this! It helps me process every situation, every let down, every positive moment and everything in between. To trust.
6. How did the band get together?
How did the band get together?
Well the project is me independently. I have developed and created this project over the last few years. But.. with my single launch coming up I am excited to bring my eight piece band to the stage! These musicians that are jumping on board for this show are some of the best in Melbourne. I am so blessed and excited.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
The aim is Europe and USA. Let’s hope that in the next year or two that this is possible with all the crazy times happening around this world!
What’s next for Benedict?
I am back in the studio doing my next single. Excited to get this one out. I am on the hope train at the moment. We have enough sadness going on around the world! So pumped to pull all stops out for another anthem.
Interview By Rob Lyon