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In Conversation: Benny Boy

Hailing from Birmingham, Benny Boy has a refined songwriting style and distinctive identity to his music. Today marks the day of the release of his debut EP 'Lost My Phone In Madrid' and is a testament to his experimental, signature sound. He takes full creative control on his EP with all tracks being produced in his home studio. It's inspiring to witness a DIY artist shine so show him some love and stream 'Lost My Phone In Madrid' now!

Where did the vision start and how did it progress?

The idea really began seriously when I was just starting university and wanting to challenge myself to make music I think could sit next to the music I listen to. The name was just something a little later down the line and the vision and all that jazz is something I’m still trying to figure out.

Describe your sound in three words?

Drowsy Indie shit

Tell us about your EP. Could you elaborate on the process and the inspirations that fuelled your writing?

It’s been really spontaneous with how this Ep materialised. For these group of songs i didn’t want to fall into the usual trappings I fell into prior to this project where I would be overthinking every detail and be in my own head about it and it would evidently stop me from finishing songs. I tried to share my ideas often with friends and other creative pals and constantly get the other perspective which steered me back on course. This was more of an experiment for me to be at peace with creating and being dedicated to finishing music.

Is there a certain place where you feel the most creative?

The shack I call it , basically a shed in my back garden. That’s where I go to record and produce all my stuff as well most of the writing. It’s where I go to shape my ideas and having a space like it is a blessing being able to work on my production skills and learning new techniques on top of progressing with writing new music, I can literally go wherever my imagination lets.

We’re all about new music discovery– who is an artist that you think everybody should be listening to right now?

Have to shout out Dulcet Days and Czafari who I both know very well, both great artists and very good people. Ocean Ivy and Myles Newman are also making really exciting music within the Birmingham music scene , very good stuff.

What’s one thing you’ve learnt throughout your music journey that you think every artist should know?

Don’t stop ever.

What's been a highlight in your work so far?

My personal highlight would be seeing how far I’ve come really on a somewhat soppy personal level. On the other hand I definitely use the ol “I got played on introducing” to many folks who think I’m doing nothing with my life.

How do you approach writing lyrics and what themes do you like to explore?

My early stuff was a lot to do with my lacking in self confidence as well just being a shy little boy which i occasionally still write about, but now I can talk about whatever is interesting to me at any given time; walking through brum city centre , pub culture, dating apps, honestly whatever.

What do you hope listeners take away from your music?

If it gives them anything I’ve done my job.

What can we expect from you next?

Live gigs baby!

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