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INTERVIEW: Benjamin Yellowitz

Hi Benjamin, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey, I’m doing great thanks, how’s it going? I’m just getting back in to the swing of things; I forgot how crazy life becomes after a single release! 2016 was a bit more chilled out with just a few small tours, 2017 has been absolute mayhem so far!!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Years”?

Years took literally years to complete. Recently, a friend even told me he heard a vague version of it on our small German tour in early 2015! It’s definitely a moody track, which I love, a touch of blues, rock and R&B. Singing grumpy songs means I get to release that energysomewhere, I’m hoping it makes me nicer in normal life, whatever that means!

Didany event in particular inspired you to write this song?

It’s actually one of the first songs I wrote from another person’s perspective (only to realise, it was a bit closer to home than I thought). It’s about that classic trend in relationships – getting bored, knowing the person sitting opposite is nothing like the person you originally met, whilst noticing the option to ‘trade in for another model’ – one who has the same energy a before etc.

How was the film experience?

Shooting the video was an epic experience. With so many videos being put together in editing/post-production, it was amazing to be part of something that looked just as good in real-life! As pretentious as it sounds, being from a community of creative/techy people really helps this DIY project. I had extremely talented friends help me; Lucas Edwards (Voodoo Vision) – Lighting Design and Creative Direction, Charlie Owen and Leanne Farleigh (Echo Park Production) – Directing and Editing. I must thank the mate very opportunity; they’re such great people to work with… There are plenty of creative people in London, it’s the people who actually act upon their ideas who are worth shouting about!

The single comes off your new self-titled album – what’s the story behind the title?

I’m not sure if it’s called an album as such. The plan is to release a track every month, once they are all released they will be available to buy as one body at the end. The best thing about it is that they will all have their own visuals in someway. I’ve always thought of my music visually, I’m so excited to be making all these music videos/short films. They are so fascinating.

How was the recording and writing process?

I recorded the track all over the place. The guitar and skeleton structure were tracked in my previous home – squeezed into a tiny room, in a flat in Tottenham. After we were rudely kicked out from there, I spent my summer all over the place. So, I recorded the vocals on a quiet day at a friends house, sat in this stupidly big, comfy office chair (more like a throne) – I remember only having an hour as everyone would come home soon – it’s a pretty loud, screamy chorus! The rest of the track was recorded at my new place – a weird warehouse/closed shop – this is where the music video was also shot. I love it! A friend of mine and frequent collaborator – Jonny Breakwell – mixed the track. He is a absolute dream to work with. I’ve never let anyone mix my tracks until now, but he is spot on. Again, someone worth shouting about!

What aspect of your life did you get to explore on this material?

My life has changed massively since writing this track, things aren’t so black and white anymore, and thank god, it get’stiring always being ‘right or ‘wrong’. This track definitely helped me realise a few home truths, the rest is just boring romance stuff, no one wants to talk/heart hat stuff!!

Any plans to hit the road?

Always! I’m off to Germany tomorrow for a few small concerts, and I’ll be playing shows in Italy, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzlerland and Netherlands in April/May. I’m also drumming in a new project called DYVR, so I might play a few supports lots on DYVR’s UK tour. I have some festivals booked in also, but shhh… they’re still a secret. You can track me on Bands In Town!

What else is happening next in Benjamin Yellowitz’s world?

We shot the video for my new track ‘Erase You’ last night – some very weird and wonderful footage came out… I’m still recovering. Hopefully that will be out very soon, along with ‘Small Talk’. I can’t wait!

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