Benny Bizzie is a British-Nigerian singer, rapper, and songwriter, here to share his talents to the rest of the world and beyond. While he started his music career as a grime artist in Tottenham, London, the rising star is no stranger to gospel, R&B, and African music. When describing himself, he states he’s “chill and easy-going, but his mind is complex.” He continues, “I spend a lot of my time educating or advocating for music artists and disabled musicians, and I’ve been spending some time working on my physical and mental health lately. #Tryingtobeconsistent”
Most recently, Benny unveiled his newest single titled “Window Frame.”
Read our exclusive interview below!
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is packed with emotion, quite chilled, production or beats tend to be intricate and interesting, I fuse genres together. My music is vulnerable, melodic, and influenced by R&B music and Grime music. That’s what I grew up listening to. It’s complex! The grime artist and R&B singer are always fighting for the front seat.
Where are you from originally? How does that play into your life and career?
I’m from London, UK. I’ve spent some time in Nigeria growing up and I can’t say I’ve lived in one main location all my life. I’ve moved around a-lot over the years. African music definitely runs through my veins and tends to show up in my accent, when I say certain words or phrases. The London swag and vibe is pretty evident in the music videos and demeanor.
The grime culture I grew up in had a huge influence, as well as listening to R&B and gospel records. The thing that really influences me though is the drive, resilience in people I have met along the way. Ordinary, yet not so ordinary people who just believe in the beauty of their dreams and what they know to be true. That stuff is magic!
At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
You know the saying “you never know what you have until you lose it?” I realiszd how much music meant to me and how much I needed my creative output to express myself, when I left music in 2015 due to poor health. It was such an empty period of my life, without music, without my creativity. Nothing did it for me and trust me I tried many other ways to numb, escape, and feel good. Nothing did it until I picked up a guitar, started writing again, got my iMac, and got back to home.
What was the inspiration behind your name?
I mentioned that I was quite chilled, but my mind is complex or busy. I get my name from the experiences I have day in and out. I do like to move around a lot maybe for the sensory feedback or maybe just grateful for life and wanting to make the most of it. I like being busy, like a ball of energy always on the move, hence the name Benny Bizzie.
You just released “Window Frame”, who or what inspired this record?
I am quite shocked that I wrote this song one sunny morning in London, looking out the window and this time I paid enough attention to the light rays through my window. I kept watching the shadows, the light beams, and after a while, then came the words “You’re exactly what I hoped for,” and the rest is history.
What is it you want fans to get from the record?
A new perspective! I want them to know that they have the choice to choose a new perspective. They might find it looking out their window frame.
3 things you need in the studio?
Essential oils, cushions, and water!
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I’d be working with disabled children or in the business of food or travel.
Goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
My goal is to sustain the growth already happening with my artist career and sign a publishing deal.