Exclusive interview: BENNETT, who had a lot of bops

BENNETT’s social media handles are aptly dubbed @bennettgotbops, and that’s what she does. THP dove into the new BENNETT’S When it’s too good EP, and we can confirm that it is excellent!

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A rising R&B-pop singer, BENNETT hails from Connecticut and counts The Weeknd, Amy Winehouse and SZA among her influences. His honest songwriting and fearless approach to all facets of music-making, including visuals and beyond, make BENNETT a soulful artist you’ll want to keep an eye on.

We chatted with the artist herself about the new EP, her dream tour lineup, and more!

Welcome to Honey POP! Can you give our readers a brief introduction to yourself?
My name is Bennett, I’m a singer-songwriter from Cromwell, Connecticut.

Did you decide to create a coherent story with your new EP or did it happen naturally?
Everything happened naturally. Once we did ‘Buzzed’, I had a clearer idea of ​​the direction of the project. I decided to focus on mental health, coping mechanisms and self-sabotage.

Who are your biggest influences of all time? What do you take away or what have you learned from them?
Some of my biggest influences are The Weeknd, Lana Del Rey, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse and SZA. All of these people are true artists and I am inspired by their storytelling and honesty.

Image source: BENNETT via Instagram

And did you have any that specifically influenced you in the creation of this EP?
Yes! It’s very important for me to be honest in my music. Everything I say is based on something that happened to me in real life.

What was it like working with Sebastian Kole? How did your collaboration allow you to grow musically? What will you take with you into the future?
Working with Sebastian was like taking a master class. He could have taken over and done everything himself, but he made a point of teaching me things. Everything he said and did was invaluable to me and I’m grateful to have had this opportunity! Something I’m going to take with me is the songwriting advice he gave me and how to say things in a way that no one has said before.

We have to talk about the MV “When it’s too good”! What went into the aesthetic creation of this video?
This video was so much fun to shoot! I did it with Art Camp on a ranch in California. They had such a strong vision for the video and once I saw the treatment I was down. They have so many unique ideas like setting the trash can on fire and I even stood on an 8 foot tall glass platform and they got pictures of me playing from below.

On your Insta, you talked about writing the OG verses of “Don’t Stay Too Long” to a YouTube beat. Can you tell us about the route of this track to its current destination?
Yes! I used to write all my songs to YouTube beats. I couldn’t buy that beat from the producer but the verses always stayed with me. I was in the studio with Sean Cook and Julian Nixon and we started doing the beat for “Don’t Stay Too Long” and after a while it made perfect sense to put the old verse in there. The song came so quickly after that.

If you could choose three things to symbolize the vibe of this EP, what would they be?
Three things that symbolize this project are fire, tears and henny lol.

Lots of music in When it’s too good has a little jazzy side! How has being a jazz band when you were younger informed you musically as an artist today?
I’m more attracted to jazzy chords and live instruments! The jazz band also helped me to improvise, which is very useful for writing and even performing.

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Image source: BENNETT via Instagram

Given that this EP explores growing up after a toxic relationship, is there any particular advice you’ve learned about healing through your music that you would give to fans listening?
My advice is to talk about it. Find someone you trust and discuss your issues. You don’t have to go through it alone and most likely someone can understand your issues or give you some insight.

If you could create your dream tour lineup, who would it be?
The Weeknd, Lana Del Rey, Frank Ocean, Smino, Masego, SIR, Jazmine Sullivan, SZA, J. Cole, Kendrick, Lil Wayne… idk there are too many.

And finally, what is one thing you want to accomplish as an artist this year? Aside from the release of this absolutely fiery EP, of course.
I want to go on tour. I want people to experience this music live and I want to meet everyone!

Hoping to catch BENNETT on tour very soon! Until then, make sure you’re streaming When it’s too goodright here!

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