Benji Holmes is a solo musician from Bolton, England, playing a blend of pop, rock, electronic and indie music.
Benji’s influences include:
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Raised in the North of England, Benji was exposed to a wide range of music from a young age, his earliest listening experiences were of classic rock and punk bands like Queen, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Stiff Little Fingers, as well as influential pop artists like David Bowie, George Michael and ABBA.
It was at the age of 9 that Benji began playing guitar, picking out simple, classic riffs on a cheap acoustic with nylon strings. He later upgraded to an electric and began playing and singing along with every song on Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’
At the age of 12, Benji discovered the emo and alternative rock bands of the early 2000’s that would ignite his real passion for music after coming home from school to hear Fall Out Boy’s ‘Dance, Dance’ playing on Kerrang!. After listening obsessively to Fall Out Boy’s third album, ‘From Under the Cork Tree’, Benji developed a deep love for the passionate vocals and brooding lyrics of bands like My Chemical Romance, Panic! at the Disco and Alkaline Trio.
This love for darker music brought Benji to the White Stripes, and Jack White quickly become one of his biggest musical heroes.
A few years later, Benji’s music taste got considerably heavier as he got into the post-hardcore and metalcore scenes that were becoming global phenomena. Bands like Crown the Empire, Ice Nine Kills and A Day to Remember started to play more often in his headphones and he bought his second electric guitar, a Westfield Les Paul copy, so he could match the grinding guitar sounds of the bands he was discovering. This new appreciation for powerful instrumentals and screamed vocals also brought the likes of Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold into view.
It wouldn’t be until he got to college that Benji would broaden his horizons and begin adding softer artists to his collection. Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Warren Zevon inspired Benji to re-visit his acoustic playing, and modern pop and electronic artists like La Roux and Owl City had him experimenting with digital instruments and synthetic beats.
This broad spectrum of musical interests shaped Benji’s sound and made it so eclectic, cementing his belief that the only way to be truly original this far down the line, is to find a unique blend of everything you love, then add your own something special to it.