Huw Stephens: I'm very excited to hear the song you're about to play, how long have you been playing for?
Benedict Benjamin: As Benedict Benjamin, for about a couple of years—but I was in a few bands before that.
HS: And you have your debut solo album on the way called, "Night Songs." Tell us about the songs on it, were they all actually written or recorded at night?
BB: They were recorded very early in the morning in a church. We had to record really early in the morning, because it was the only time we could get in there. It was like £7 an hour when we booked it early in the morning. They were all written at night when I had insomnia; I was working at night in a cinema and walking home at like, two in the morning.
HS: And what do you write and sing about?
BB: Well you'll have to listen to the album to find out.
HS: What about the song that we're hearing though today, "Thin Skin."
BB: It's about wishing I was a lot less of a dick than I am.
HS: Hahaha. It's a very personal, honest song, it seems. Are all your songs about certain times and people in your life?
BB: Yeah, it's kind of the most direct set of songs I think I've ever written in that way.
HS: What's it's like to be an acoustic singer/songwriter/performer in London? Is it a good place? Is it an easy place to play and find gigs in?
BB: Yeah it's a good place and there's lots of music going on. It's a tough place to live 'cause it's so expensive and just getting more expensive. I know a lot of people trying to do music who are really considering moving, which is a real shame. I'm pretty sure in a few years there will be hardly any people here doing music because of the cost of rent and price of living.
HS: Where are you from? Are you London born and bred?
BB: I am, yeah, always.
HS: So you'll stay here. You'll be the only musician in London!
HS: It'll be like, you and Coldplay!
BB: Haha, oh God! That'll be an interesting competition on a Friday night.
HS: Coldplay! They don't even live here anymore, do they?
BB: They're like, Oxford, aren't they?
HS: I thought they were like, L.A. or something?
BB: Oh yeah, probably.
HS: High-flying cities!
HS: Hey Benedict, thank you for coming to play for us today.
BB: Thank you!