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INTERVIEW: Benedict Cork

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

Hey VENTS, I’m really good thanks, pretty stoked to have my first release out there in the world.

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

‘Ghost’ is about all the pieces that are left behind when two people drift apart. I think you never really lose touch with someone emotionally, even when they’re not physically there infront of you. I wrote it with my buddy Andrew Bannister last year in Dublin.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

My very first break up last summer – I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I loved it. We found this beautiful studio called Red Gate Recorders in LA and spent a day there recording these songs. Ghost was the first video we shot and watching the playback was super exciting – it felt like the song came alive in that space with all these old artefacts and smoke machines. I was super lucky to work with a wicked team of guys from Compass Coalition who guided me through the whole process.

The single comes off your new EP Piano Tapes – what’s the story behind the title?

I wanted this first body of work to be super live and raw. When you record to tape, you often only get one shot to nail the performance. That was the idea behind these videos, one take, no editing, no magic or trickery, just a raw live performance to show the songs in their most stripped back forms. That’s why the name ‘Piano Tapes’ came to me and felt really special.

How was the recording and writing process?

I realised the other day that each of the songs on this EP have been written in a different country. I’ve been lucky enough to travel a lot making music over the past few years to get me inspired; but it felt really good to record them all together in one space on one day to make it sound cohesive.

What role does Hertfordshire play in your writing?

I loved growing up in Hertfordshire. I could run off to London at the weekends on my own to wander round art galleries and museums, and then spend my weeknights in the countryside chilling out and getting inspired. My hometown, Bishop’s Stortford, has this amazing music scene with acoustic nights and shows on most nights of the week. It was so important for me to cut my teeth like that as a brand new artist.

What made you want to make this a piano driven material?

I’ve always loved playing piano. It was my first obsession as a kid, before video games or Pokemon. Even when I’ve ventured off to experiment with different styles of music in the past, I’ve always come back round to the piano.

What aspect of the piano did you get to explore on this record?

Because the piano was the only accompaniment on these tracks, it was super fun for me to be able to push and pull everything. There was no drummer there keeping me in check so if I wanted to hold on a word for an extra moment, I could. It gives you the freedom to lose yourself in the stories and not be tied down to a certain beat of rhythm.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics on this album?

Conversations. I love going for a drink with a friend to chat about everything and nothing for a night. Sometimes I have to stop them mid sentence to write down something amazing they’ve said that could be a wicked concept for a song.

Any plans to hit the road?

I would love to. I love travelling so I hope I’ll love touring too. I guess we’ll find out when I hit the road for the first time. I want my first headline show to be really special too, so we’re making some big plans now.

What else is happening next in Benedict Cork’s world?

I’m in Stockholm at the moment working on new music. The next Piano Tapes video’s going to drop really soon, and then I’m super excited to get the rest of the project out there to the world.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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