“Benee’s playful new single guarantees she’s a talent worth paying attention to.”
– TRIPLE J
“… sometimes breezy, sometimes emotionally wrought, but always catchy approach to pop.”
“Painting a stunning sonic portrait that simultaneously exists someplace between desire and heartbreak, “Want Me Back” showcases BENEE as an artist with an illustrious poise well beyond her years.”
– ONES TO WATCH
In a recent interview with i-D, BENEE revealed that her creative inspiration comes from her dreamscape “I draw inspiration from my own experiences and weird thoughts I often have. I also have some strange ass dreams, so a lot of my unreleased songs are written about those.”
Vi·sion·ar·y – as defined by Google – is a (noun) person with original ideas who plans the future with imagination or wisdom. With both traits in abundance well beyond her 19 years, New Zealand’s BENEE redefines the word. Carving out a space between indie pop and R&B, she deconstructs modern “pop music” to create a sonic landscape all her own. Growing up in suburban Auckland, New Zealand among a community of creatives, BENEE was immersed in the arts from a young age, and after releasing a series of self-released GarageBand covers on SoundCloud, BENEE was soon writing and recording at Golden Age Studio with producer Josh Fountain in her senior year of high school. Just two weeks after enrolling in university, BENEE dropped out with a now unstoppable and feverish conviction to pursue music full-time. After releasing her breakout single Soaked in 2018, what she refers to as her ‘BENEEvision’— or “the idea that all of my music, visuals and content contribute to a greater artwork.”—immediately hit home.
For such a young artist, her success so far has been enormous. Over the past twelve months, she has performed at Laneway Festival NZ and sold out her debut headline shows in Australia. With endorsements from Zane Lowe and Apple’s Beats1 radio. Soaked held the #1 spot on the New Zealand Shazam Top 100 for 2 months and is now certified Platinum in New Zealand & Gold in Australia. BENEE went from playing her first small club gig to her first arena show—opening for long-time role model Lily Allen in a matter of months.
BENEE who has also just added another ‘E’ to her moniker has only just wrapped up her debut headline tour of the Northern Hemisphere where she performed a string of shows in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, New York City and also in Los Angeles before returning home to New Zealand to launch her EP. BENEE has also been announced on the Spilt Milk Festival line up alongside the likes of Chvrches, Confidence Man, Khalid and Allday.
BENEE ON TOUR
Fri 28 June – Powerstation – Auckland, NZ
SPILT MILK FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA
Sat 23 November – Canberra, ACT
Sat 30 November – Ballarat, VIC