Benjamin Clementine

Benjamin Clementine (9:00 PM)

Tue, October 20, 2015

8:00 pm

$20.00

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Benjamin Clementine - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Benjamin Clementine
Benjamin Clementine made his UK debut on Later… with Jools Holland - the only unsigned artist to do so - becoming the most shared artist on Spotify following his performance. Since then he’s had support slots with Cat Power, Tune-Yards and Woodkid, released two EPS, and sold-out headline shows at Lia Cigale in Paris, Paradiso in Amsterdam and London’s Purcell Rooms (five stars in the Standard), Koko and Emmanuel Centre. You can watch his Later performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJJNl1p-PGA.

Now aged 25, Benjamin was raised in the London borough of Edmonton, growing up in a strict religious household. When he started to teach himself the keyboard aged 11, he was at first influenced by the sparse piano solos of Erik Satie. At 16 years old, in a rare moment of permitted TV watching, he caught Antony and the Johnsons performing ‘Hope There’s Someone’ on the BBC (“I was confused, scared…it was another world,” says Clementine. “When it finished, I went back upstairs to my piano and started playing chords”).

Inspired by Antony, and other figures including Leonard Cohen and Jake Thackray - and with no emotional or employment ties to keep him in London - Benjamin absconded to Paris aged 20; sleeping rough and busking on the metro out of economic necessity, building up a cult following in the process, before being signed to Universal via the independent label Behind. Benjamin’s debut album At Least For Now will be released in France and other European territories in mid-Janaury 2015, and in the UK in late March.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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