Brooke Bentham is a young talented musician with a bright future ahead of her. Following the EP she released in June, last Friday, she shared with the world a second one called This Rapture. She’s also been touring the UK since October and now she only has five gigs left on the list. Leeds is her next stop, on the 25th November, at Brudenell Social Club.
As you can tell, she’s been very busy, but even so, she made time to answer the questions I sent over to her. So, if you want to find out more about Brooke and her music, keep reading this email interview which is about to unfold. But first, here’s a track from her previous EP, This Room Swayed.
Hello, Brooke! I hope you’re having a great day! You’re almost at the end of your UK tour. How has it been so far? Did it live up to your expectations?
Hey, yeah, it’s been good. The drives have been long but the shows have been fun.
What is your favourite memory from this tour?
Probably playing Newcastle and seeing my family. I live across the country from most of them now so it was a good night for all of the Benthams to unite. I went for dinner with my brother before the show and almost choked on a burrito from laughing. Bittersweet.
Which song do you enjoy the most to play live?
At the minute, ‘Have To Be Around You’. It’s got a real, good energy to it for playing live and it’s the penultimate song of the set so by that time we’re all comfortable and settled.
You’ve just released a new EP, This Rapture, which is the second one you release this year. Do you think there are big differences between these two EPs?
I think the second EP has a harsher sound. It’s a different energy. It’s more about myself and the way I handle being in a relationship/beginning a relationship, which is interesting when I say it’s a harsher sound. The first EP was a kind of celebratory-end-of-sh*tty-fling-start-of-something-new. ‘Heavy and Ephemeral’ is a very different kind of song to ‘Have To Be Around You’, but saying that I think they have their similarities. I just think the production of This Rapture is bigger.
If you were to describe This Rapture in three words, what would those words be?
Why. We. Fall.
Your new EP consists of 5 tracks. Which one was the most difficult to write and why?
‘Why We Fall’ took me ages to get right. You can tell by listening that I wrote it bare with guitar and vocals. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it, it felt too bare. We didn’t get it right until we went into the studio where Mr Baptie worked his magic.
A month ago, you released your very first music video for ‘Losing, Baby’, one of the tracks from This Rapture. Could you tell us a few things about the concept of the video and how it’s connected to the songs itself?
The song is about my relationship with anxiety and depression and how you can’t work your way out of it. You can’t get into a relationship and have everything be rosy. So, for the video, I knew I wanted to have one figure representing those states (blonde wig lady with big eyebrows in the video) and have them dancing with another main figure. Possessing them, if you will, and trapping them. Grace & Alex (Lightman) with all of their film knowledge helped to expand upon that idea and thus we have a music video.
You graduated this year from Goldsmiths, University of London, where you studied popular music. Probably many students of this course were aspiring musicians. Since you were already in the music industry, had there ever been a problem of competitiveness or envy coming from your course mates?
No, that’s dumb. You’re there to lift each other up and help each other. Also, we’re all playing different music and we’re in different worlds. If there was any envy or competitiveness it’s silly. We’re all in it together, the music industry is fragile and there’s no time to be like that.
If you were to go back to the moment when you chose what you were going to study and where, would you make the same choices?
Absolutely! Goldsmiths did help me as a musician. The modules weren’t always inspiring but the friends I met there really helped me grow as a musician. Everyone’s doing their own thing, and the hard work they put into their music makes you put the same into yours. It was a pretty healthy community to be in.
Which are the 3 most played songs (from other artists) on your phone at the moment?
Pinegrove – ‘Morningtime’
Lomelda – ‘Only World’
Kurt Vile – ‘KV Crimes’
Do you have other passions outside of music?
I have a big old passion for dogs!
2017 was a very good year for you: you graduated from university, you released 2 EPs, you released your first music video, you went on tour. So, have you already set your goals for 2018?
Record and release an album that I’m truly happy with, I guess.
Brooke Bentham is heading to Brudenell Social Club in Leeds this Saturday on the 25th November. This Rapture is out now.