Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Roots
Omar Musa, Remi, Drapht, Dylan Joel, Thundamentals, Urthboy
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 soul, roots & electronic music as much as he does from all forms of hip-hop & spoken word, Swaz Benjamin’s particular brand of music has taken time to manifest.
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 set to be released on June 15.
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), Chasm (Astronomy Class), Sensei Walingh (Netherlands), Lucas Miller & Michelle Monique Blessie.
Following on from Daze Gone Bye, 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.
Swaz Benjamin has supported international artists Akil (Jurassic 5), Buck 65 (Canada) & Lotek (UK) as well as Australian artists including Thundamentals, Maundz, Hau (Koolism), Omar Musa & Luka Lesson.
Instagram @SwazBenjamin (you can access all artist links from here)
Facebook Swaz Benjamin (facebook.com/swazbenjamin)
Youtube Swaz Benjamin (youth.be/BxmHmSvT5i4)
Bandcamp Swaz Benjamin (swzmusic.bandcamp.com)
All tracks taken from “Souled Out Volume One: Daze Gone Bye”