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Eddie Benjamin

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Eddie Benjamin, born Edward George Hendrix Benjamin, hails from Australia. With a name like that, a music career was destined. Since moving to the United States, Eddie has worked with Megan Trainor, Diplo, Labrinth, Shawn Mendes, and many others.

While some may just know Eddie as the boyfriend to actress, dancer, and model Maddie Ziegler, his name will soon be synonymous with Justin Bieber’s Justice Tour, where he’s the opening act.

In-between shows with The Biebs, Eddie caught up with us to spout off on his iPhone curse, why a beach is the ideal place to create, the importance of his parents in his career, his love for boots and vintage instruments, his beyond the grave connection to Michael Jackson, and his meeting with Will Smith.

Switching and saving with Guiko is easy, so you're free to ponder life's big questions, like is the word dictionary in the dictionary? If so, prices something like dictionary? Now, a dictionary is the word you're reading now and the pages they were printed on. Basically, this thing you are looking at right now, that you're holding, reading words from, it's a dictionary, as in, Hey, look at me, I'm holding a dictionary in my hands as I read the definition of dictionary. Yeah, it's probab something like that. Switch and say with Guy Co it's easier than you think. The music industry, the thought of navigating through such a massive market place as an artist alone can be daunting. The path to the top is filled with wrong turns, dead ends, burned bridges and fallouts, but those pitfalls are what shape you for the summit of the mountain. There's no direct path to success, but having people in your corner can go a long way. These people can be mentors, friends, parents or even acquaintances, but if your name is Eddie Benjamin, it's all of the above, I promise me. Eddie Benjamin was born in Australia. His birth name is Edward George Hendrix Benjamin. His father is a touring musician and his mother is one of Australia's best dancers and choreographers. The careers of Eddie's parents laid the foundation for his life as an artist. Although music was all around, Benjamin's mom and dad led him discover music for himself, not forcing him into anyone lane, but just to do what felt comfortable. He credits his love for music to being around the artist his father hung around, unlocking a young Eddie's brain that there was so much to do in the world of music. While at College in Australia, Eddie formed the band Hayes trio. The group toured Australia and even one several band competitions, eventually prompting Eddie Benjamin to move to the states to work on music full time. Something crazy reaction, but I'll just stay facious. Yeah, once landing in La Benjamin soon found himself writing and producing for artists like Megan trainer and earth when and fire, and eventually meeting his mentor Justin Bieber through a mutual friend. Friends. Anything lost my face and last not rain. I don't need the things would soon change for Eddie Benjamin. After meeting with Biber. Benjamin released his debut single in twenty twenty, F my friends. Following year he appeared in Deever's two thousand and twenty one documentary, coroach on Mendez is. It'll be okay, and released his debut EP emotional all in the same year. Go tell the featherman, I said, I wanna Sonny a sad day, no dubness end up my emotions. So tired of Evany has today. Go tell the Weatherman, I said. All the rain from bast just pain is gone. Go sell the WEATHERMAN. I sent good thanks for all the things that he's currently you can find Eddy Benjamin opening for Justin Bieber on his justice world tour. Things are looking very bright for the young star, but Benjamin seems to be enjoying the ride and, more importantly, staying humble as he rockets towards pop superstardom. My name is Eric Zachary and this is this about podcast where famous people spot off a bup more than what they're famous for, and today that's Addy Benjamin. Seventeen phones. I'm sorry I'm opening with this so like Rightfos Roll, and you told me you've gotten through seventeen phones in the last year. Yeah, that's an absurd is...

...to you. That's not okay, it's a lot. It's really a lot, like, I'm not lying, there's no way around it. I broke a lot of phones and I told you so here. Yeah, and Heerman, man, if you still have all the phones, are they are they stacked up? Well, some of them, I guess I took into Apple. Some of them I take into like a out out a market, like fix up. Yeah, some might just have to like it's like little mall stand. Yeah, like I find there this. I've become friends, like even in Australia, like I know some like iphone fixes. That's how, like you started to believe me more. Most artists have plugs for like, dude, I need to get to like this venue this fast. You're like, man, I got my iphone glass die livally knows what's up. No, exactly. Oh Man, dude, first and most congratulations, thanking everything. I was telling you before we started. I got sent your cover. I think it was timber Lake Crimeer River. You just plucking on the base. You know. I'm singing very casually because a year ago now, here we are open up arena's for biber weather man, new album on the way. HMM. What's going through your head on a daily basis? Like, how are you not getting caught up in all this? How are you staying just level? I think, I think I'm not going to just sit here in pretend like does it's not insane and there's not a lot going on. You know, some some mornings I'm I wake up, I'm like Whoa, yes, is this is intense. A lot to wake up this is, this is happening, you know, and I've yeah, definitely, my brain can, can, can, like everyone's can sway them in different directions. So yeah, but you know, I think starting the tour and like with all these things happening, is just like I've had a bit of time to prepare and and like we'll get into later, I'm sure, like I have a really amazing people around me and I keep it very tight and yeah, that just they helped me through it, but I'm not going to sit here and act like I have a figured out. It's definitely a lot day by day thing. Yeah, I love I read somewhere that your mom was a choreographer and your dad was a touring musician. Yeah, so, I mean obviously you have the influence of a very important people in the industry like Biber and, you know, the different Song Writers and the studios you're in and labelmates and I'm sure there's a lot of guidance that comes with that. But first and foremost it's got to be the parents. They see you going on this road and it's a pretty unique experience that they've also been in aspects of it. Yeah, what was their advice going into the J yeah, wow, that's a great question. Yes, so, I mean my dad has been on many arena tours. My mom has definitely like made so many projects and is a performer as well. So, yeah, they definitely have been in that kind of territory. I'm I grew up as a performer, honestly. So I've been you know, I've been playing show since I was really little. It's kind of my favorite thing in the world. Walking into the arena the other day, playing, playing in La in front of everyone, ever, every label person, let everyone ever. Yeah, that not just like a crowd like important people to like I got pulled into wills. I met Will Smith that night. That was like but like imagine if I played terribly and that wouldn't have been very fun now. But like, I say that to say that day was a really hard day. Plant, you know, the other day playing in La, just like okay, this is a lot of things, a lot of people coming to watch my really go to perform here. That that was a that was a tough day. But having my parents honestly there and just like being with me, that, you know, that's kind of got me through and honestly, talking to some of my mentors, you know, they were like stay with your family and make sure that connection strong, and I think that really helped me get through it. But it was a hot day. Being in close proximity definitely quits the noise machatas. Yeah, are you glad that that that La showed that the pressure of that La show happened in the beginning of the tour problem early on. Yeah, I would say. I would say like, because now it's smooth sailing man like yeah, once you got yes, like Bob, no, exactly, no, likeum. Yeah, Lah was definitely a lot. I was ready, but it was definitely like wow, everyone is here and it was an amazing experience. Honestly, like got off stage and met all these...

...array of amazing people and I definitely, yeah, it was a beautiful experience. It honestly, everyone is so supportive and Nice. Yeah, and just pushing each other in the best ways and and yeah, it was a special night. Honestly, what are your parents like? They're are they being like total parents, like phone out, like that's my kid, like it's a talent show, or that's that little that they they're a little cooler the little yeah, they're a little chill. Of course, you know, my mom is like filming everything, honestly, but like, yeah, I'm like sorry, he's yeah, we're okay. You know, of course, definitely. They embarrassed me, but that's what it's all about. I'm all about paying the respect to the the people that made it possible. So like a high, under persent little bit about who your dad toured for and what your mom has created as a cry. Let's just give me some quick gold point. Yeah, right on them, man. So my mom has this is hilarious, but yeah, I mean my mom's definitely really successful cargo friend dancers. She's one Australian dancer of the year and chilly. And you're just gonna open with I think cargo forever the year my dad, you know, he was actually in one of the biggest Australian bands. Like he know, he went on supporting tours with Nirvana. They were actually called you're the Yindi. You know, he's played in Eightyzero seat festivals and like those stories. Hearing that was like, Oh my God, I need to do that. So, like, yeah, being around artists like honestly enabled me anything, like enable my brain to kind of be like Oh, I can kind of felt like I could do kind of anything. And also another thing I'd say they would never like pushy. They're never like you gotta play, you got a dance, you got to do it that there, wouldn't? They just like there's some instruments in around. You want to you want to vibe if you you know, I think that also, like I was like Ah, it's up to me. Okay, interesting again, it kind of made me really hungry. So yeah, I think though. You know, I'm like I say that to say like, yeah, it's all because of them, for sure. It's cool, man, I have a similar situation. My mom was a profecial dancer and my dad was a music too, but so, like I kind of get where you're coming from. You know, I'm not opening for Justin Bieb, I mean Bra no, come on, cool. Yeah, it's that supports this them. Man, it's next level. It's cool. Yeah, it's still very relevant. Yeah, who taught you to backflip? Honestly, in the lounge room, just with my mom, I was just flipping around and she, you know, just tell me just flipping around. So like like let's just want so as a kid I was like really hyper and like super into gymnastics and I would just like be, honestly, just flipping around, running everywhere, and eventually my mom was like taught me how to flip and land, and I'm see it. Well, so you gonna hurt your literally Nice. Literally, she was like you got to learn how the land first before. Yeah, you throw your body backwards once, the first time. You remember flipping on stage the other night. Really what I love it was like the first one, the one on instagram was. I've never had, never done a back clip on stage until that moment. I know you're gonna do no, no, I'm very scared at the moment, very spare the moment. I hate to draw attention to it, but you literally have a boot on your floors. I want to be clear. That's not. No, it's not. It's not from the backflip at all. Yeah, will run it back real quick. But you said it was like kind of a childhood injury. It's just yeah, so, like I was skating at Bondie Bondaye Beach Skate Park and I was grinding down a hand route and I really just destroyed my yeah, I broke my growth plate and yeah, just gets a little aggravated from time to time. But I have a boot, like this is the boot I've had. Yeah. Yeah, so that's your travel boot. Ish. Yeah, in a way, people collection. No, no identific collision miter boots of like different shows could be your thing, like a Louis. You're never gonna like just lose it like a keep support when it hurts. Right now is the time to start, Dude. That's kind of crazy telling you, man, that would be the drip. Kanye be like conny has his own boots. Yeah, exactly their own right, but I agree. It was. Yeah, it was very spare of the moment on. Are you able to clear your head when you're doing that or in the flip? Are you like please, the only time. I am clear. Okay, when the yeah, sure, it's dope, man. Hey, hey, Hey, what's up? Nick major here with the spout podcast, and let's talk about dogs, everybody. Why? Because dogs are incredible. Mind she is my my daughter, my best friend,...

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...think Oh, I mean there's definitely a lot of gear that are like what we use. That is like really rare and we did a lot of work on too, you know, kind of match the world of Sonics we were hearing. So kind of like, you know, the warm analog s s kind of recording with that modern perspective of like, you know, kid is so tapped into kind of he can just he knows fl logic, ableton pro like wo can how like exactly new to the scene. I mean he knows what he's doing. He knows and he's so insanely young. He's like, you know, it's my so we were just like that. Yeah, collaboration was just so powerful. But yeah, like he knows the detail of the modern sonics to a tea and just that arrangement style. Yeah, was definitely crazy. But we definitely used a lot of vintage gear that I'm like not allowed to say as well because like Mike Dean's like you know what I'm saying. It's like precious. But like so just real quick to explain. Yeah, you're not like being facetious. Like there is a lot of gear that belongs to people. It's their private gear that they will quietly lone people. This is a common thing. Absolutely going to name names, but yeah, sure, otherwise you wouldn't have access to it. Like, you know, just yeah, something in that quality and that that working. Yeah, state is not hundred percent and that was honestly my first time having access to this equipment and, like you know, before just working on a computer not maybe necessarily being able to work with all these legends. Yeah, it's like I'm hearing this thing, what is it? And you know, kind of getting to work this equipment yet it was amazing. I would have I want to know if it's like this, but I would imagine it's like when you see like an old photo and you guitar used in that or like, you know, typewriter from a the s and then you actually see that in a museum. Yeah, you kind of have this moment, it's kind of warm, that comes over you're like, oh my God, that's history. So can even imagine playing and utilize something like that? I mean yeah, for example, like one day we walk into mix. Actually, weatherman and misle got a new keyboard and like what is it? Is like this is the one that's on Thrill U Z Dude Z one dude, and I'm just like, what are you mean? Like, why are we recordinglast exactly on it? I know, I didn't know. I was kind I know I was like he did. We didn't even go near that preset ord, just stuft the MIC baxes. Yeah, we didn't go near that preset but yeah, like just walk and like again I would just want to say, like how inclusive and how like obsessed with equipment. And Yeah, he still is. You know, he's still like before we even stop mixing records, he's like, come and look at all this gear, this is what I'm using. Like he's sot about it. He loves it. You there's a magic that comes from that. Hundred percent. Do you see yourself being the the kind of artist? Now, let's time capsule it fifteen years from now. You know I'm not. I'm not just trying to punk your tires just to pup your tires, but you're you're doing okay, all right, so let's say that, that just this. Say it going and you just said or see it. I'll I see it, but I say, okay, fifteen years from now, man, you've got the funds, you've got the the place, you're collecting gear, aren't you? Yeah, I'm collecting so much care. You are old, like it's been used or yeah, everything I've already you're gonna have a whole like Sam ash guitar centers with that question. But, like I'm really obsessed with recording equipment in particular, like what listening like, also show like, honestly, like there are few, like there are a few consoles that we've been mucking around with and like I have that. We have this studio in New York and I think there's a very special like s and even there that has been recorded some special records on there, and just like fine tuning that and really like understanding like the old equipment and learning it in relationship to making a song is like what I'm focused on. And like, yeah, they're three hundred thousand dollars on a good day, on egg good. Yeah. So the answer is yes, I get it. I mean so I just jumped over to universal audio. There's not a plug. I wish if they want to sponsor a finement, but you know, I switched over to like, you know, stepping up the plugins a little bit. I'm not a musician, but from vocal stand yeah, just the the...

...power of these plugins, like the avalons and the preamps and stuff so amazing. I can't even imagine having access to the real racks. You well, and that's what but even then, so like being able to mix and match both of those worlds is like kind of yeah, when my brain gets so excited. We've heard and nive being recorded at the highest level. Have we heard an amazing new modern part being recorded through an eve and then it being manipulated through a modern perspective at the highest level? Maybe not. That's yes, what one of my goals? Are you sure? Yeah, yeah, obviously known for taking a few steps of covers here and they're just having some fun with it. Yeah. Is there like a certain song during soundtrack that you practice with that you might not play a live or is it a constantly rotating it's constantly rotating. Honestly, what is it right now? What? That's a really good question. It is dreams by FLEETWOOD MAC who I've just been running that in the bus been whenever I feel a little anxious, just it call me, just chooses me along. That's yeah, you're a man of many instruments, to base first and foremost, but you know your way around piano. We're going to cut to you playing piano. Right. Here's Oh my gosh, no, I was tinkering. It was random. What's an instrument that you picked up and you went nope, not for me. I tried. Damn, I tried. Well, here's the thing. I feel like I feel like maybe when I go to an instrument, I can play what I hear most of the time, whether I be if I pull out of Mandolin right now. Yes, really, yes, I was kidding with that question. Yeah, I like, yeah, without question, especially strings, like I love strings. Maybe like horns, I'm kind of like that's your play a line, but I'm like this is sounds bad. So, like I feel like instruments like strings, I'm like very just have a natural kind of tendency and I can kind of play what I feel maybe if the techniques not right, I can kind of exueve like a Sitt are. I've kind of been able to jump on and play lines, like even when we were working with Earth, when and fire. Actually, that was like a satire. I want to bring it up from glad you brought up go a hide. Yeah, just like mucking around on things like that, but like maybe not being classically efficient at that instrument and knowing kind of what that means in that world kind of opens your brain to be able to be like, okay, I'm just going to play this like a base, and that actually makes it sound so different. Yeah, I love that. You just said when I was working with earthwhen and fire, like it to the same degree that I would say, like when I was talking to my flight attendant the other day, like like they aren't these legends for multiple decades, that they are one word to describe working with Earth, when and fire. I want you think on it first. Right, problem shocking, shocking. I like that shocking. And My my good friend Mike Sabbath actually so. When we did the string arrangement for that song, me and him wrote it and at Megan's house and seeing he got it like printed in this beautiful he so we got the we got the music written. Right, I'm going to go back a little bit. So we had the music written and in the so you say, studio. Yeah, we have sheet music written, the lines are written for the horns and we go into the studio and winning fires, Horn and strings. They're right, like the revised. Yeah, little worries, exactly. So yeah, they're they're arrangers there and just hearing our lines being played and perfectly recorded was just amazing. And Yeah, my friend surprised me with like the exact kind of handwritten charts that were used recording our parts. And Yeah, like seeing that was like wow, that's shocking. Yeah, I like shocking for sure. I would say pleasantly irritating that legends like this, because they can pick up anything. Yeah, that's basically you know, they see the sheen is are going like cool, got it, like you want to run it now? I'm I got it. Nope, and that thing change it. Like it's really funny, actually, I will say, because it goes up a half step. It's like the key the so many flats happened, and I like it's it's awesome to see the players like kind of interacting with the score and the big circle around the key change. Everyone look, there's a key change here, but like that's it. Other than that, they just it's easy for them. Dude, Eddie, I I'm feeling this musical energy that you're radiating. I know how much is coming...

...from you soon. I'm a sucker for horns, so the more you can work in the future singles. I know you'll take my personal advisement under guidance, but, Eddie Benjamin Man, I'm really excited to see what you do and I'm really thank you. Congratulations and everything. So much for chasing awesome to see more of our conversation with Eddie Benjamin Search spout podcast on ig or twitter or it's about podcastcom. Next week back for a second time. Lizzo spouts. Off I go. She knows what Tomm it is. Is Bad the clock, and I think I just made that up on the spot and I was like, I want to put that in a song, so I'll put it in the song. And to specify exactly what bad the clock is, it's sick thirty. So everybody set your alarms to thick thirty because that's when it goes down. The spout podcast is presented by Alpha media and created by Phil Becker. Out and now it's Gaikos. Motorcycle rules of the road. Avoid biking in the rain and never touch another person's bike. Hey, guys, look at cheese Mikes, so shiny. Whoops, I'm gonna leave a note. Oh Gosh, there's more. And the rule to saving on motorcycle insurance is in fifteen minutes. Geiko could save you fifteen percent or more.

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