Hows the tour going so far?
when I was little and wanted to be in a band this is
the tour I wanted to be doing so Im
Youve come to Cambridge before, what keeps you coming back?
Money! And its a good crowd
about two years ago we played
here. We find it interesting to keep
coming back, see how the band builds.
That was then: Benji in previous band Dub War, pictured
in Edinburgh The Venue sometime around the mid 90s by Phil Rose esq
Youve had quite a few support acts on this tour
32 or something like that, I cant remember any of them. Sonic
Boom Six, I know them, theyre
Whats it been like with them?
Sonic Boom Six have been around us for the last ten years
played with them a few times
all over the world
they seem like cool cats
they deserve to
be bigger than they are.
What have the other support acts youve had on this tour been
Lots of tattoos on peoples necks, a lot of screaming out of tune
but I guess thats it. What do I know, Im an old man!
This is now: Skindred.
Pic Steve Johnson
I saw you had Astroid Boys for one show, what were
Yeah we did, they played Swansea with us, theyre cool. Theyre
doing that sonic grime ting, they
seem to be on the rise.
Youre playing Download Festival again, are you excited for
Yeah I think its our sixth time or seventh
we did like three
years in a row I think but weve had two years away so Im
pretty excited to go back with the magic which is Skindred and unleash
beast on the people.
Who are you excited to see there?
Die Antwoord and Slipknot
Saturday at Download is gonna be a good
day. Just pray for rain
that to God cos hes a little p*ss taker.
How did your TV show come about?
BBC Wales called me
and for weeks later were in the middle
of a field cleaning dog s**t.
I havent actually watched one of them yet
when I finish this
tour on the 23rd, so Christmas Eve,
Im gonna go up stairs, on the 70inch, big surround sound, big
bowl of popcorn and do the give the home a bone marathon and sit there
and laugh at myself.
What advice would you give to younger band starting now?
Keep playing in your bedroom, dont worry about youtube and trying
to get on instagram and all
that s**t. Perfect your art and when you know that you know that you
know, start playing some
shows and tell people not to film you.
Being a singer in a band is no different from being a brick layer or
it's a profession you need to craft and if I was a
brick layer and made my first wall, Im sure I wouldnt want
to put up the first f***ing wall I did on youtube. So I'd get my s**t
together and when it was tight, strong and hardcore and I knew that
wall was the s**t, then Id take videos of it. Too many people
are putting attempts at making a wall up and expecting to get a f***ing
record deal from it.
The way you treat people on the road as the headline act is important
cos some people weve
been on the road with, it's definitely been an us and them situation.
Too many people get to a
position of power and instead of pushing the ladder down, they pull
the f***ing ladder up.
How have the songs on your new album been going down live?
Beautiful, the songs weve chosen for live off the new album definitely
fits in to all the other
the live set for me is a journey
up with Big Tings which seems to be going
its not just another rock n roll show, its a celebration of
What are some of your favourite songs to play live?
I enjoy Big Tings, it gives me a chance to express my vocal tings and
I enjoy Nobody cos its the
last one and then Im f***ing out of there. Nobody is always a
good one, its one of the old
We have a lot of black eyes in rehearsal, people crying cos they wanna
play this and they wanna
play that. I think the set were doing now is getting people wanting
to come back.
Pic Ryan Bird
Thanks to Benji for his time and Clare Lloyd from Central Press for
sorting things out.