By Vasco Dega
We chat to Benedict Cork, the British singer-songwriter who has been hailed by Elton John as ’sensational’. His latest EP Piano Tapes Vol. II is a tender collection of intimate songs, showcasing the depth of his songwriting. Read our interview with the artist below and check out the EP.
Hi Benedict, thanks for joining us on Fame Magazine. How has life been this last six months?
Hey Fame, thanks for having me. Life’s been pretty alright thanks, I shouldn’t really complain. I’ve been lucky to have been able to stay safe at home, with my piano, some good books, the internet, and loads of random TV shows that I’ve been putting off watching for years. It’s been a weird year for all of us, but I’m really grateful that I’ve had this EP to put my energy into as well. It’s been a nice distraction.
The heartfelt sentiment behind the songs on Piano Tapes Vol. II have a particular resonance right now as the world is in a reflective state. Was this intentional?
Actually no, it wasn’t intentional, but I’m really glad you feel that way about them. These songs were written over the course of the past couple years, and I finished producing them with my friend Paul Stanborough right before lockdown hit in London. Once we had a bit of a clearer idea that we’d be in this mess for a while longer than we all hoped, it felt like the right time to be putting out some downbeat, introspective music that people could cry, slow dance and chill to – maybe all at the same time.
Tell us about the EP’s brand new song ‘Wild One’ – what’s it all about?
Wild One was written a couple of years ago with Eben Wares on a rainy afternoon in LA – which is quite rare. It’s about accepting the idea that letting go of someone special can be an act of love for them, especially if they never really belonged to you in the first place.
Has the pandemic had an effect on your music? Have you been writing and recording during this time?
It definitely has, and I hope in some positive ways. I really miss being in a room with other musicians; we’ve been able to do a little bit more of that over the past month or so, and honestly nothing ever beats that feeling. But lockdown did force me to spend a lot more time writing on my own, and formulating ideas in my bedroom without getting too caught up in my head. I’ve got loads of new ideas and half-finished choruses that I’m really excited to start forming into finished songs.
You must be excited to perform again – what can we expect from your first show back in London this December?
So excited. Very very excited. I can’t wait to play all these new tunes live at the Jazz Café show. I’ve also wanted to play a show in that venue for a few years now, so it’s going to be a really special night for me. There was a point a few months ago that I thought I wouldn’t play a single show in 2020, so I’m feeling really grateful we can do this.
What can we expect to see and hear from you in 2021?
I’m actually laying down some new tunes this week. I’ve just got in from a long day singing my little heart out, my voice is a bit scratchy, but I think it’s some of my favourite music I’ve ever made. I’m really excited about these ones. So it’s gonna be really fun diving into this new project and putting it out in 2021.