Bringing a new vibe to the scene, the artist talks London and the ever-growing scene.
2022 is bringing with it many things. From the prospect of new beginnings to hotly-anticipated movie releases and, according to the news, plenty more hype-worthy fashion collaboration. But, above all, the one thing we are most excited about is the revamp our Spotify playlists are going to receive as some of the UK’s fastest rising musical talents set out to treat to the world to a slice of their incomparable sound. With this in mind, we could not think of a better way to kick off the new year than by introducing you to the artists set to dominate the music industry in 2022. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy Wonderland’s Ones To Watch round-up.
From his breakthrough single “Deep End” to his smooth-sailing hit “My Bella”, the ever-evoling Benjiflow has captured the attention of the scene this past year, bringing a unqiue blend of R&B, afro-cuban rhythms and Brazilian samba to the table. Already making a name for himself for his hypnotic and groove-packed sound, Benji is set for a take over this year, and we’re excited to watch his joruney.
Catching up with his virutally, here is everything you need to know about the rising star.
I AM BenjiFlow
BORN AND RAISED IN London
THE FIRST RECORD I FIRST FELL IN LOVE WAS Probably something from Kirk Franklin
NOW IT REMINDS ME OF my childhood
MY BIGGEST INFLUENCES ARE my parents, family, friends, YE and Pharrell
VISUALLY, I’M INSPIRED BY movies
RIGHT NOW I’M WRITING ABOUT write now i’m writing a score
I HOPE MY MUSIC MAKES PEOPLE happy
MY SUPERPOWER IS eating rice and stew at rapid speed
ONE PIECE OF ADVICE THAT’S STUCK WITH ME IS don’t lose it
THE BEST GIG I’VE EVER SEEN WAS Goldlink Brixton Academy 2019
THE BEST CROWD I’VE EVER PLAYED WAS 5k
MY BIGGEST LEARNING CURVE THIS YEAR WAS don’t doubt yourself
THIS YEAR I’M YEAR PROUD OF myself for putting out music
I’M EVOLVING INTO a human fearless of failure
I WON’T COMPROMISE ON my music
THE FUTURE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS doomed, only good music can last
AS AN INDUSTRY, WE NEED TO put more budget into young black women
BRING BACK individuality
GEN Z IS living their own rules
AT MIDNIGHT ON NYE, I’M WISHING FOR I praying for good mental health, and wealth amongst my gang
SONG I’VE HAD ON REPEAT IN 2021 “My Bella”
SONG I’M BRINGING INTO 2022 “My Bella”
BEING INCLUDED AS ONE OF WONDERLAND’S ONES TO WATCH MAKES ME FEEL appreciated, because I know what I means for a platform to root for someone like me. Truly honoured and humbled that i’m being seen
MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION IS No alcohol for the year, i’m putting it here so i’m holding myself accountable. Just want some serious abs next year
NEXT YEAR I WILL release my EP, Minikingz EP, a bunch of collabs and a score
NEXT YEAR YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO Benjiflow, Minkingz, Nippa Deane, Ayanna, Joviale, Tiana Major9, Knucks, Obongjayar, Lady Donli
NEXT YEAR I HOPE WE CAN ALL live our truth, smile and love one another more!