5 Minutes With Benga
8 May 2013
That's the name of Benga's second album, and we think it's spot on. Yes, he's a626138'pioneer'. I626151's a word that's thrown around a lot when describing either him or his long time collaborator Skream. And it's true, yet he's more.
Over the course of the last decade Benga has been at the very forefront of fresh, upfront and in your face bass music, helping first push a sound that the entire world now recognises as dubstep. Already in his 15th year of making music, Benga made his first track at the age of 9 before taking up DJing at the tender age of 12.
Just 3 years later he walked into Croydon’s legendary Big Apple record store announcing, “I can DJ better than him.” The ‘him’ was Hatcha, who, alongside Artwork and DMZ are widely credited with conceiving dubstep. Artwork and Hatcha were amused and gave the cocky teenager a shot at spinning in the shop. At seeing his talents they signed him on the spot to Big Apple Records.
The rest is history.
His highly anticipated second LP dropped this week and is an absolute monster featuring collaborations with the likes of Sam Frank, P Money, Kano and more. More excitingly, he'll be touring India this weekend with Skream, playing shows in New Delhi and Mumbai at Kitty Su and Sitara Studio respectively. For more information on tickets and line up head over here.
In the run up to these very special shows, we got in touch and got a little personal. Just a little bit:
How’s it going?
Very well. I’m having a very nice time.
Where are you right now?
What’s in your pockets?
What's the last song you listened to?
Last thing you ate?
Last good gig you went to?
Last bad gig you went to?
I saw these German rappers on Friday who I supported in Berlin and they were bad.
Artist you currently have on repeat?
If you weren’t making music what do you think you’d be doing?
I’d be playing football.
What’s the thing that you love most about your job?
What do you hate most about working in this industry?
If you could teleport yourself to any place and time where would that be and when?
I would teleport myself to 2015 when I’m playing stadiums.
Which colour do you identify with most?
What's the best gift you've ever received from a fan?
A Benga canvas – a drawing of me on a canvas.
Describe your new album in three words...
Exciting, smooth, diverse.
THE SAME 3 QUESTIONS:
3 most inspirational artists:
3 favourite albums of all time:
The Prodigy - Their Law
Michael Jackson - Bad
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Favourite 3 artists of the moment:
You can stream 'Chapter II' in its entirety here. You can also watch the video for 'Forefather' below: