L.A.-based Alec Benjamin is on track for a colossal 2019, and it seems like just the beginning of a successful career for the young musician. His perseverance and his dedication to his music is setting him apart from other young musicians. After signing a deal at 18, and being subsequently dropped, it only pushed Alec harder to find an audience who would love his music — and he has.
Alec performed to people in parking lots and handed out business cards to promote his name and music. He has since performed as a special guest for Camila Cabello and has been in the studio with Jon Bellion.
We had the chance to talk with Alec about his newest mixtape ‘Narrated For You’, his inspirations and his secret to success.
How did you get into music?
I’ve always been into music. I used to listen to a lot of punk and metal and go to Vans Warped Tour with my sister. In high school, I decided I wanted to learn the guitar, so I taught myself by watching YouTube videos of the hardest songs I could possibly learn. From there, I just started uploading songs to YouTube, and the rest has sort of followed that.
Will you describe the story behind ‘Let Me Down Slowly’?
It’s the story of my first breakup. It’s not about the actual breakup, but rather one night when my girlfriend slept over. She was leaving the room and thought I was asleep, and I had this sense of being very vulnerable because I knew we were going to break up.
How did you envision the music video? Did it end up being what you envisioned?
With the music video for Let Me Down Slowly, we tried to explore a different perspective for the video. This song is less story driven than a lot of my songs, so it wasn’t as easy to come up with a concept. It wasn’t really what I envisioned it to be, but it’s ok because the music video for the version with Alessia Cara came out amazing, and I’m really stoked on it.
You are already so successful with millions of streams on Spotify. What is your secret to success?
Don’t take no for an answer. I like to ask a lot of questions and am pretty persistent so when people tell me no, I like to ask why.
What was it like working with Alessia Cara?
She’s amazing, both as a person as an artist. Our friendship and collaboration came about totally organically and I’m really stoked everyone likes it.
What is your dream collaboration?
John Mayer. He’s been my idol since I started making music, and I actually got to meet him at the end of last year which was crazy but writing a song would be at the top of my list. Close second would be Jason Mraz or Chris Martin. I’m a big Coldplay fan.
Looking back, what was your favourite thing that happened in 2018 musically?
My favorite thing to happen in 2018 musically was probably selling out my first headline tour or releasing my mixtape. Both of those were pretty special.
Looking ahead, what are your top three goals for 2019?
For 2019, my top three goals are to complete my first album, play a show in a country I’ve never played in before, and write a song with one of my idols.
What is your biggest inspiration, musically and not musically?
Musically, I’ve always looked up to Eminem, John Mayer, and Chris Martin. Not musically, I’d say my parents. They’re awesome.
Play his new music video ‘If I Killed Someone For You’ below…