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 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), 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 played shows with international artists Akil (Jurassic 5), Buck 65 (Canada) & Lotek (UK) as well as Australian artists including Thundamentals, Maundz, Hau (Koolism), Omar Musa & Luka Lesson.