Northampton-London singer Benji Brown wowed quite a few last year with his debut single. It’s follow-up ‘Yesterday’s Love’ does similar, so New Boots is here to introduce you.
New Boots: How are you today? How’s London treating you in lockdown?
Benji Brown: I am very well thank you, it’s spring and I feel good about the future. London is very quiet and lonely right now, but this city will bounce back with life. I love London and living here has opened my eyes to a lot of things.
Your family is famous for producing musicians; namely sisters VV Brown and Amaroun. How did you begin singing and writing? Was there any expectation within the family to do this?
I’ve always loved singing from a young age, but was short on confidence. I started learning the piano at the age of six, and at every school talent show I would play the piano while someone sings. I always thought to myself my time will come, and hear we are now. My family are so encouraging on chasing your dreams, and they are all so supportive.
How would you describe your sound? Who were your main inspirations growing up?
Pop R’n’B. Growing up I looked up to my sister VV Brown. The stories I hear from her career inspires me so much; she is so talented and my first inspiration to start music.
What was the reaction like to the first single, ‘Deja Vu’? The feeling of accomplishment must have been pretty inspiring.
Yes, I recorded ‘Déjà Vu’ a year before it actually got released, so I was sitting on it for some time waiting for the right time. I love that song; it really set the tone for me. I can’t wait to continue working hard on my music and bring out more and more’ starting with ‘Yesterday’s Love’.
Tell us about this new one, ‘Yesterday’s Love’. What can you say about your co-writers, and that experience of putting it together?
I couldn’t of wrote this track without my amazing co-writers Dan Ferrari-Lane, Greg West and Huw Roberts. We had fun writing and creating this one – we have worked together on many projects and this is my favourite one. I’m grateful that we got to create something so real and honest.
Were you able over the past year to use the pandemic to your advantage, creatively?
I certainly took the time to work on my songwriting. I spent a lot of my time on zoom to friends having writing sessions, it kept us all sane during this time.
Any live shows coming?
At this time no, but we will come back to this question once the situation around us has changed.
What was the last album you bought/streamed?
The last album I streamed was Nick Jonas Spaceman. He’s an incredible artist, and someone I look up to musically.
What has been the one best piece of advice the Brown clan have given you so far?
Be humble and don’t expect anything. Work hard for your own success. Only you can measure your own success.
What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
I would love to be performing this music live, and keep creating music that helps me and others.
‘Yesterday’s Love’ by Benji Brown is out now via the usual digital platforms