Bensley: Hard Times Ft. Emer Dineen
Future Music|December 2019
Bensley: Hard Times Ft. Emer Dineen
Genre-hopping RAM Records protégé Peter Bennett aka Bensley’s second album Muskoka is a grab-bag of different styles, from wonky breakbeat workouts to soundtrack-like synth soundscapes. Future Music caught up with the cunning Canadian at London’s Dairy Studios to find out how he created one of the album’s highlights, the jazzy, sax-laden DnB roller, Hard Times

Muskoka is a pretty varied album, but Hard Times has its own vibe.

“That one was written across like the longest span of time and had the most experimentation; I had the most time to explore every avenue and every idea with it.”

You played the sax part yourself. How much of a multiinstrumentalist are you?

“That’s about the extent of it! I’d like to be more proficient on keys and things like that but at the moment sax is all I can do.”

You’re not tempted to break out the sax for every tune you make?

“It is very tempting! I’d like to sort of work it into a live show if I can. That’s my next big goal for my shows, although that’s quite a way off because I think you need to work it into a large percentage of the catalogue before you can do that. But it’s something I do want to try.”

The distortion on the sax gives it a really unusual, filthy character.

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December 2019