Hailing from the suburbs of Auckland, 19-year-old breakout artist BENEE releases her debut EP FIRE ON MARZZtoday. Gaining global attention for alt-pop moment “Soaked” with over 20M streams (the most shazamed song for 3 months in NZ)
the up and coming singer songwriter has just finished her first European tour, headlining the Waiting Room and Omeara to high praise. On FIRE ON MARZZ, BENEE says, “When it came to coming up with a name for my EP, what first came to mind was wanting a phrase that was a big old explosion, because that’s kinda what the EP feels like to me. I came up with the name FIRE ON MARZZ and thought it did the best job at not really relating to any song in the EP. I didn’t think there was a phrase that could sum them all up.”
The EP includes Gold-Certified hit “Soaked,” “Evil Spider,” and recent single “Want Me Back,” and three new songs: “Glitter,” “Wishful Thinking,” and “Afterlife.” The remarkable EP artwork was created by Ricardo Cavolo and continues the BENEE tradition of artistic collaborations to illustrate her music. BENEE says, “I considered what the EP was going to look like visually when I named it. I wanted to find an artist that could really pour all the colours that I feel from each song into a piece of art. Ricardo Cavolo is this crazzzy coool Spanish artist whose flames instantly stood out to me. We had a phone conversation where I said that I wanted Mars to be on fire in it, but I also wanted him to go wild on a bunch of weird doodles that might come to mind when listening to the songs on my EP and he nailedddd itttt.”
Benee has emerged as New Zealand’s artist to watch with her chart-topping hit “Soaked,” which quickly climbed Spotify’s Viral Charts, accumulated over 20 million streams to date, charted on Australia’s Triple J radio’s Hottest 100 of 2018 and held the number one spot on New Zealand’s Shazam Top 100 for two months, not to mention achieved Gold Certification in New Zealand and Australia. With endorsements from Zane Lowe and Apple’s Beats1 radio, Benee went from playing her first small club gig to her first arena show—opening for longtime role model Lily Allen—in a matter of months.
Carving out a space between indie pop and R&B, she deconstructs modern “pop music” to create a sonic landscape all her own. Growing up in suburban Auckland, New Zealand among a community of creatives, Benee was immersed in the arts from a young age, and after releasing a series of self-released GarageBand covers on SoundCloud, Benee was soon writing and recording at Golden Age Studio with producer Josh Fountain in her last year of high school. Just two weeks after enrolling in university, Benee dropped out with a now unstoppable and feverish conviction to pursue music full-time. After releasing her breakout single “Soaked” in 2018, what she refers to as her ‘Benevision’— or “the idea that all of my music, visuals and content contribute to a greater artwork,” – immediately resonated.