Director, producer and editor Bastian Benjamin has shared the music video of his latest single, ‘Concrete’, premiered via Trax Magazine and released on the 25th of September. Originally premiered via COMPLEX, the single is the second to be released from his upcoming album, Two Truths which will be available on 4th of December via Passage. The album was mastered by Shawn Hatfield of Audible Oddities (TOKiMONSTA, Amon Tobin, Machinedrum). The video was created in collaboration with several young creatives from the Netherlands, including videographer Stern Nordsiek and movement director Ibrah Silas Jackson as well as the talented team of dancers he brought together. Some of the featured dancers have also appeared in larger projects, such as the MTV EMAs. Bastian Benjamin is known for his live performances, having appeared at Eurosonic Noorderslag in 2018, Valkhof Festival and Popronde in 2019. The musician self-directs all of his music videos, including the video for ‘Concrete’ for which he is also responsible for the directing production, editing and maybe even a small cameo, if you look closely.
Born and based in Deventer, Netherlands, the artist frequently finds inspiration from walking through the local woods. Bastian Benjamin had a music-infused childhood, with his father’s studio in his backyard becoming a centre-piece, the musician composed his first piece of work at the tender age of 8. Releasing his debut single, ‘Come Close’ at 18, Bastian Benjamin’s sound has matured quickly over the years and recently the producer had found himself working alongside German dancer Hannah Mahler and music producer and VJ Absent Chronicles.
More traditionally, the experimental musician finds inspiration from a variety of artists including Clark, Lusine, Lorn, Forest Swords, Skee Mask, DjRum. His own sound sits in closer comparison to the likes of Lorn, Trentemøller and Arca.
Using a minimalistic setting of an abandoned warehouse, Bastian Benjamin explores preconceived perceptions and the inner battle required to overcome them, highlighting the innate human fear of facing the truth. Remaining far removed from any traditional storyline, the message is portrayed in pure motion with gracefully dancers and their bodies speaking in tandem. ‘Concrete’ becomes visually as well as audibly captivating in this neoteric music video.
Bastian Benjamin shares the personal connection he has with the video and its creation, “This is my third video clip, and definitely my biggest one yet. I’ve always wanted to create videos, as well as music. Making videos always made me a little bit scared because I have no experience and/or knowledge about directing. It’s crazy to see how much you can achieve when you just start somewhere and see where the ship will take you.”
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