Is it any surprise that BENEE’s lockdown escape route took in a whirlwind seventy date 2022 world tour? Of course it’s not. BENEE is living proof that plotting your own quirky path is the best way to navigate your way back into the big wide world after creating a four billion streaming pandemic pop monster called “Supalonley”.
Now a seasoned 22-year-old, former teen indie pop queen BENEE (Stella Bennett) is very much living in a post-“Supalonely” world. Getting out of New Zealand was 2022 priority number one for BENEE. Watching “Supalonely” happen had been a crazy experience for a young artist literally trapped in her bedroom.
Touring that beast was a chance to unleash herself on stage, and BENEE took to it with all her technicoloured fashion forward energy. Songs from her latest release, the EP Lychee, rubbed shoulders with tracks from the 2020 album Hey u x and her two breakout EPs from 2019, Stella & Steve and Fire on Marzz. Her shows reflect the energy of those recordings — genre-hopping tunes that pack her instinctive, hyper connective hits alongside her contemplative lyrical side.
Emerging as the dreamy voice of a disaffected generation, BENEE’s list of achievements plot her trajectory from bedroom pop artist in New Zealand to global indie icon with “Supalonely” – now certified Double Platinum in the US.
She has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
BENEE has collaborated with a diverse pool of artists including Grimes, Lily Allen, Flo Milli, Joji, Bakar, Spacey Jane, Jeremy Zucker and more. The highly personal Hey u x was listed as one of Billboard’s 25 Best Pop Albums of 2020.
Billboard noted “Hey u x contemplates the woes of Gen Z with a keen ear for choruses and arrangements that oscillate between indie rock and hyperpop”. It was praised as “quirky but impeccably produced pop music” in Stereogum and “13 tracks of heavenly indie-alt-pop” in Vogue.
Outside of dropping indie pop bangers and selling out tours around the world, BENEE started her own record label Olive, which has signed buzzing New Zealand acts Muroki and There’s A Tuesday.