Banana Interview: Benison, the Melanesian Musical Wizard

Banana Interview: Benison, the Melanesian Musical Wizard
11th January 2024 Elena
Banana Interview: The Melanesian Musical Wizard

Benison, a Melanesian 17-year-old artist from southern Western Australia, has recently released, “Running From It,” with a relatable story: the inner battle of moving forward from a past love; that emptiness makes him long for the past, and how things were.

Nonetheless, he gained attention with his debut single “Losing Sleep“. According to his own Spotify bio, this track came about “during an unplanned recording session at 4 am after a producer fortuitously heard him singing at a party.” As his music has evidenced so far, he brings a new taste of raw emotion and reflective introspection in the indie-pop scene.

Now, let’s see how he did on our Banana Interview!

Benison, The Melanesian Musical Wizard

Give us 5 emerging artists that you want to highlight for everyone to discover right now

What is your current favorite/guilty pleasure/go-to playlist? (no pressure, it doesn’t have to be Indiemono’s)

My go-to playlist right now is probably the “still beni” playlist I made for myself (shameless self-plug it’s on my Spotify profile).

Your musical influences range from alt-rock bands like Deftones to superstars like Travis Scott. How did you navigate the process of finding your unique sound, and are you open to experimenting further in your upcoming singles?

I think there’s still a lot of work to do to find a unique sound, so I’m definitely open to experimenting. I find it hard to pick and choose which direction to get my producers to take songs after we’ve written them and get around to producing; there are so many creative ways you can go when making each song/project.

The unexpected success of your debut single, “Losing Sleep,” led to a significant shift in your career path, particularly regarding the armed forces. Could you share what music truly means to you and whether you see it as your life’s mission?

It’s changed my career path quite a bit, I’m really bad with words around this stuff so all I can say is that every day the experience/act of writing wigs me out a bit more. I love music and I’ve always loved music. This feels like more than just a dream to me, I could do music until I go deaf, and then I’d still make music even if it sounded like garbage.

When it comes to creating music, which emotions or topics inspire you the most? Additionally, do you have any specific rituals or mindsets you engage in before delving into the creative process?

I would say important emotions for me with regards to music are love and also sadness I guess. I think they kind of go hand in hand. I don’t really have any rituals with music, I just write when I feel like it, but I do write better when it’s raining so take that for what you will.
Your debut single garnered attention from international curators and the press. How has this recognition impacted your life and altered your future plans?
My day-to-day life hasn’t changed all that much other than the fact that I’m writing music more often, but with that being said if I hadn’t received the praise I did from the debut, the plan was to join the army, so I guess it has altered my future plans lol.
Looking ahead, what are your aspirations and plans for the future? Is there a dream collaboration that you would love to pursue?
I wouldn’t necessarily say I have a dream collaboration other than getting both my producers to chuck some vocals on a track because they’re both artists too – I want GLEE DEPOT and Ownlife for Prime Minister 2029.
As for aspirations and plans, I just want to head down the music road further by releasing more music, performing more shows, and seeing what all the signs say.

If you were a type of… [spirit animal] what would you be? (feel free to elaborate haha)

A squirrel.

What’s your favorite… [videogame]?

Devil May Cry 3.

Now, for the Spicy Round! State an artist you hate profoundly.

My 19-inch brain (I can’t turn it off).

Last one, your choice!

[What song is 10/10, yet hardly anyone has heard of it?]

Bracelet by Bug Eater.

This track has been recognized by Triple J, earning “The Best Breakout Tune” title. What’s more, you won’t only find this artist on his own playlist, his made his way to several Spotify playlists, including New Music Friday AU & NZ and Pop n’ Fresh, along with being featured on Apple Music’s playlists like The Sound, Antidote, and Glow.
If you want to follow this charismatic artist on social media, you’ll find him on Instagram (@starboybeni) or Tiktok (@starboybeni)!
Until the next Banana Interview!

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