Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Roots
Omar Musa, Remi, Drapht, Dylan Joel, Thundamentals, Urthboy
Swaz Benjamin, Dameza, AO & Ziak.
A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Cypress Hill, Talib Kweli, Nirvana, Anderson.Paak, Sublime, Curtis Mayfield, Common, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Hilltop Hoods, Thundamentals, The Police, Bob Marley
Drawing equal influence from neo-soul, roots & future beats as much as he does from all forms of hip-hop & spoken word Swaz Benjamin’s fluid lyricism & fresh musical backdrops deliver light hearted odes to enjoying life, harder hitting thought provoking pieces & motivating messages.
Swaz has played shows with Thundamentals, Horrorshow, Akil (Jurassic 5), Adrian Eagle, B Wise, Buck 65 (Canada), Maundz, Pez, Lotek (UK), Hau (Koolism/Triple J), Omar Musa & Luka Lesson, as well as playing Marion Bay Falls Festival, Vibrance Festival & many community events.
Hailing from the humble island of Tasmania – after some years rapping & crooning on street corners, in backyards, home studios & on stages from Tasmania to Tanzania – Swaz’s debut album Souled Out Volume One: Daze Gone Bye is available now.
Daze Gone Bye is a reflection on youth, it captures the vibe of an era, tells stories from times past & then plants itself firmly in the present. The fluid lyricism delivers light hearted odes to enjoying life, as well as harder hitting thought provoking pieces, & motivating messages. The album’s musical backdrop although fresher than ever, pays homage to the type of music that the artist resonated with during his earlier youth (primarily soulful hip-hop of the early 2000s from Australia, the US, the UK & Europe).
The album’s primary collaborator is Melbourne producer HFNR (WVS music) who co-produced or produced all songs. Other collaborators include IAMMXO (Diafrix), Lucas Miller & Michelle Monique Blessie.
In the near future you can expect a variety of music from Swaz that ranges from organic acoustic feels, through to the progressive sounds of today.
'Souled Out Volume One: Daze Gone Bye' digital LP available now
* Vinyl & Launches this summer
"Daze Gone Bye" (youtube.com/watch?v=5rkjTCALP9A)