INTERVIEW: Benedict Sinister

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

For the past three months I have been ranked in equal first place among all artists for attendance numbers at my concerts. Yes, COVID has been good to me.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Your Parents (Dancing With The Stars)”?

I had no idea when I put a few jokes in that song that I’d be dragged into the brutal world of comedy musician beefs. Weird Al Yankovic, Lil Dicky and Flight of the Conchords have been calling me a fake-ass fiunnybitch all over social, saying I have to check in if I ever go to Wellington or Cheltenham Township, and someone keeps leaving condoms on the baby seat in my car.

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

I was going through a very dark time, so I had one of the saddest songs ever written on high rotation – a French song called Chatenay Malabry, written by Vincent Delerm when he was only 22. After it finished, Youtube would recommend other songs by the same artist, so I started hearing  his “Tes Parents” – an upbeat meet the parents song in the “vers de societe” genre. Delerm’s is a song about bourgeois Parisians, but it inspired me to write a song about meeting the somewhat more diverse parents in New York. So Delerm’s song was the “Emma” to my “Clueless.”

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I believe it’s one of the two great works of art made by one person while lying in bed. That’s an in-joke for the Proustians out there.

How was the recording and writing process?

I recorded it with my co-producer Ian Preston in four different studios in London over a period of over six months, changing the structure around again and again, until finally I couldn’t stand the London weather anymore and sent it to be mastered.

What role does Brooklyn play in your music?

You could say there’s a tradition of Brooklyn music that stretches from Biggie Smalls to Grizzly Bear to Benedict Sinister. But if you did say that, you’d be talking shit.

How does your perspective change as you move from writing about Australia to writing about The States?

When you write about Australia, no-one outside Australia knows what you’re talking about. When you write about New York, the whole world relates to it – because everyone was brought up on Friends, Sex and the City, and dozens of other shows and movies that have made New York the best known city in the world.

Does the new single mean we can expect an album– how’s that coming along?

Actually the next project I am launching is the ultimate master list of songs in franglais – meaning songs that combine French and English language lyrics. I have compiled a list of over 600 songs on my website. Compare that to Wikipedia, which has 12. Makes you wonder what Jimmy Wales is doing with his time.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

As well as the master list of songs, I’m writing an essay on creolization, cosmopolitanism and comedy in franglais songs – for the shippers of ethnomusicology in my stanbase. The publication date will be announced soon. Just keep checking my socials.

Any plans to hit the road?

Sure. I refuse to be intimidated from attending SXSW and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. If they hadn’t been cancelled, and if I’d been invited to perform, I would be there, facing down the haters

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

I’m working on a new tweet planned to come out next month. I’ve got some of Kanye’s writing team working on it with me. It will probably be some kind of rebuke to Donald Trump or a diss to someone dating an ex-girlfriend of mine. I’m very excited about it.

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About RJ Frometa

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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