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"Time of magazine"

Hi Warren, congrats on your new album, could you please start by describing your sound to an unknowing Brisbane. (84 words)
The music on “10 Years of Life” is a complicated blend of melodic vocals, beautiful electric guitar leads combined with resonating lyrics. The thumping bass lines mixed with a rock drum beats that beat through your heart. The songs are constructed in such a way that the listener just can’t help but sing along. I’ve been told many times that they can relate to the lyrics, the music takes them back to that place, and somehow gives them peace. I think that’s really special.
Would you tell more about the album – i.e. what you set out to achieve, the recording process and, of course, the songs on the album and how you wrote them. (117 words)
When the concept for the album first started to appear, I had this really strong feeling to create something that would appeal to as many people as possible. I was getting incredible feedback from friends and family and it was just one of those “gut feelings” where I had to make the best album possible so I could share my music to a wider audience. As much as I wanted the album as quickly as possible, the financial constraints that dog every artist were not missing me either. Ten months in the making with the most of the songs written in my sparse bedroom, with the help of Wernher at Great Music, the album was finally finished.
I find the concept of your album very interesting, would you care to embellish on the overall idea a bit more? (93 words)
As with most artists I’ve been hanging out with, it all started with wanting to create something that was reminiscent of me, something I would be excited about sharing and something I could be proud of. I was surprised to learn that other people liked what I was creating, and so I set out to produce a style of music that people possibly hadn’t heard before, bringing back choruses that were unforgettable and visualising them listening to my tunes whilst on long summer drives or hanging by the pool in the Queensland summer.
Tell me a bit more about your career in music, how you started out and whatever accolades/personal achievements you’ve garnered along the way... (113 words)
I picked up my first guitar only six years ago and started to teach myself to play covers. I started experimenting with song writing not long after this was surprised at what I was achieving. I’ve been consistently writing music for a few years but only started promoting through MySpace less than one year ago. Since then I’ve secured a publishing and licensing deal, had “Great Day Tomorrow” added to a US compilation which has sold more than 10,000 copies, and I’m getting airplay on US college radio. I’ve received interest from a couple of indie labels in Brisbane and I’ve sold a little over 500 copies of the album through my MySpace.

So what’s next? (98 words)
I’m pitching the album to just about every single radio station and record label I can find that fits my genre. I’m playing live at every opportunity and building a strong fan base here in Brisbane, which I hope to expand very quickly. I’m hitting up the usual festivals around the country and just working hard to get the message out. Hopefully I’ll be able to secure some sort of funding in the near future, which will allow me to hit the road and get a greater range of feedback and continue building the fan base in Australia.
And where do you hope this album will take you? Ideally – i.e. the overall grand plan? (69 words)
Well, there’s no secret here, I’m no different to anyone else. The ultimate goal is to be a full time musician with a business that’s sustainable enabling me to continue working on creating great music. A world tour isn’t out of the question and as for playing with the greats… If anyone out there is mates with Pete Murray, James Blunt, James Morrison or John Mayer, please introduce me!
What’s your main inspiration at the moment when writing new music? (120 words)
I’m inspired by feelings, and as wussy as that might sound, when the music comes from the heart you can bet that someone else out there is having those feelings too, and that’s when they’re going to hear my song and hopefully take their life in a more positive direction. When something affects my life, whether positively or negatively, the music and words just seem to flow in, directing me unconsciously to create a song about it. It can happen anywhere, watching a movie, chatting with friends or just sitting their contemplating life, and more often than not, it happens at work and I find myself hiding in the toilet writing lyrics on toilet paper (shh, don’t tell the boss).

- Ben


"Ellaways music showcase"

First up was the Warren Bennet band who stepped up to the plate and opened the show . They soldiered on bravely in the face of some technical issues and performed a bracket of well-chosen soul-searching material. Their style reminded me of that Byrds-ey, folk-rock, West-Coast sound and I'll look forward to another outing from this band at one of our future Thursday nights. - Geoff Lawrie WW Coach


"Music Review Warren Bennett - 10 Years of Life"

ussie talent often goes off-shore for validation and to become recognised and famous. Kylie Minogue, Darren Hayes and Keith Urban are but a few examples of this. What is worse, much Aussie talent goes unrecognised and never reaches its potential.

Brisbane guy and local Aussie talent Warren Bennett is one of those artists who has the goods and has yet to be signed with a record label here in Australia. His music (similar to the great sounds of John Mayer and Pete Murray) is inspiring, real and great to listen to.

In this article, I review Warren Bennett's newest album, "10 Years of Life", and hope you get to know the sounds and talent of this artist. Enjoy!
Warren Bennett

Warren Bennett is locally respected a a musician and performer in his home town of Brisbane. As an independent artist without a label, his music is real, not manufactured and a great example of Aussie talent that has yet to reach out to Aussie and international audiences. With his band members Cheyne on guitar, Mitch on bass and Dane on Drums, Warren Bennett and his band are a tight unit with a rich acoustic sound.

Much in the genre of artists like John Mayer and Pete Murray, Warren offers husky vocals and a classic balladeer sound that keeps him in that good company. What makes him different are the genuine lyrics and songs about everyday life that are real. Its stuff we can all relate to: love, loss, work, play, freedom and regrets. Whatever mood you are in, Warren's music has something you can connect with. After all, it is all about 10 years of life; it shapes up and rocks out.

With radio airplay on a range of stations around Australia, Spain and the UK, Warren has also enjoyed some success in having his sound shared in the USA. His song "A Great Day Tomorrow" featured on a compilation album call Acoustika Volume 7 which sold around 10,000 copies and was played at over 20 college radio stations. Not a bad achievement from an unsigned boy from Brisbane!

With a sharing and caring attitude, Warren has most of his songs on his MySpace page where fans can listen to his music, contact him and, when time permits have a chat online. If you like the album, buy it!

10 Years of Life - The Album and His Life

As the name suggests, Warren Bennett's new album, 10 Years of Life, is about a decade of experience where Warren has shaped his music. The album features songs that share his good times and bad ones. With uplifting tones in "Great Day Tomorrow" and melancholy, heartfelt acoustic ballads like "Burn", 10 Years of Life has it all. There is an innocence to Warren's voice, the lyrics and sounds of the songs. A little reminiscent of Ben Lee, Warren has a sound that is a little more street and is without Ben's quirky sounds and the nerdy image. While there are comparisons, Warren's music is completely original in its writing, arrangements and the emotion with which it is played and performed. The album is well worth listening to and Warren Bennett, in conjunction with Champ Magazine, is giving away a free, signed copy of his album. Click here to go to the competition.

Coinciding with the release of his new album, Warren and his band will go on a national tour of Australia, playing in some of the major capitals and regional centres. Check his MySpace page or contact him directly to find out if he will be in a location near you. Whether it is something to listen to on the way to the coast this Summer, or to chill out after work, this album is great driving music and it is in my car's stacker as a regular fixture. I suggest you do the same.

Get behind this local artist - he is all heart and good honest Aussie music that both rocks you up and winds you down. I give this album 5 out of 5 guitars.

David B - Editor, Champ Magazine - David b champ magazine


"GEN Y MUSO “GETS” HIS GENERATION"

“10 Years of Life” is the debut album from Warren Bennett and is filled with songs about a particular period in Warren’s life that is so reminiscent of many people going through that 18-28 year old time in their life.

A decade really can define who you are going to become and Warren’s album is almost a biography of everything he’s been through in that crucial decade. “I moved out when I was 18 and spent the next 6 months doing nothing other than playing basketball. I was convinced I would be in the NBA. Of course at 5’8”, that was never going to happen.” “Eighteen” is a punchy tune about parties, drugs, basketball, mates and changing direction. Losing friends, moving out and eventually getting a job.

Warren started getting into music to release the teenage angst that was building. Moving into Brisbane’s music hub The Valley was a crucial turning point for Warren. He hit the gig circuit and ran smack bang into Pete Murray. “I was a massive Powderfinger fan and any music that sounded remotely like it. I went to a random gig just to have a beer and here is this bloke playing music like I’d never heard before. There and then I decided I wanted to write music and that this was the style of music I wanted to write.”

Warren says, “After a while I moved in with my brother cause he had this great room under his house which was perfect for me practice my music”. Not considering any reality to what Warren was doing, his brother humoured his interest until one day he heard him play “Great Day Tomorrow”. It made him cry! “My mates laughed at me all the time, they thought I was wasting my time. But then, like other people who heard this song, it really seemed to resonate with my brother and our mates. There was obviously stuff about him that I didn’t know and that’s what’s great about this song – everyone’s been through something that makes them say to themselves ‘it will be a great day tomorrow’.”

You’ll hear it and you won’t be able to put your finger on it, but there’s something great hear. The lyrics are really personal but at the same time you can relate. The music easygoing but not so easygoing that you forget what you’re listening to. Warren Bennett has finally found his place in life and lucky for us, it’s writing and recording music that we will fit into all sorts of periods in our lives.

Warren plays Cafe Le Plaz on Friday 20th March. Check out www.myspace.com/warrenbennett30 for more information.
- Sally Porteous


"Warren bennett ten yrs and counting"

http://scenemagazine.com.au/read/backissues/781/scene_781.swf - Courtney Wotherspoon


Discography

getting airplay on 20 American college radio stations.

Great Day tomorrow is in the final of a worldwide radio station competition
Called meermusic, the radio station England 94.6FM and Spain 101.5FM and ABC radio worldwide plays to a monthly
Audience of 2 million people. Warrens music is also getting airplay on currently getting airplay on 4ZZZ 102.1FM
And played live on 4zzz FM, Downunderthundaradio (worldwide), awesome radio (worldwide). 88.6fm (melb) and 96.5fm (melb)
92.7 bay fm, 95.1fm griffith

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“10 Years of Life” is the debut album from Warren Bennett and is filled with songs about a particular period in Warren’s life that is so reminiscent of many people going through that 18-28 year old time in their life when they’re really just trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in.

A decade really can define who you are going to become and Warren’s album is almost a biography of everything he’s been through in that crucial decade. Tracks like “Eighteen” which really is about what it’s like to be 18, not a care in the world and just enjoying your newfound freedom. “I moved out when I was 18 and spent the next 6 months doing absolutely nothing other than playing basketball. I was convinced I would be in the NBA in no time and that’s all I focused on.” It’s a punchy tune about parties, drugs, basketball, mates and changing direction. Losing friends, moving out and eventually getting a job. All those things that seem to come in waves when you’re 18 and you can’t believe you do so much in a short period of time.

Warren started getting into music to release the teenage angst that was building and having moved into Brisbane’s music hub The Valley, hit the gig circuit and ran smack bang into Pete Murray. “I was a massive Powderfinger fan and any music that sounded remotely close to that. I went to a random gig just to have a beer and here this bloke is playing music like I’d never heard before. There and then I decided I wanted to write music and that this was the style of music I wanted to write.”

For the first 2 years Warren spent at least $10,000 and 2 hours a day practicing playing and writing music. He started his Myspace page to learn about other musicians and finally wrote his first song “Lost”. Everything about this song is lyrically and musically perfect. It’s a sad song but also a song about hope and learning. It’s not typically slow and melodic, the music is positive and provides feelings of hope when all else is lost. “It comes from personal experience and I think that’s why it works. Everyone knows someone who’s been lost and wishes they could help them, and all they can do is be there and support them”.

Growing up in a family with brothers can either be great or not. Warren and his brother didn’t really have that great relationship until finally Warren needed somewhere to live. “I moved in with my brother, he had this great room under his house which was perfect for me to keep practicing my music”. Not considering any reality to what Warren was doing, his brother humoured his interest until one day he heard him play “Great Day Tomorrow” which made him cry! “My mates laughed at me all the time, they thought I was wasting my time. But then, like other people who heard this song, it really seemed to resonate with my brother and his mates. There was obviously stuff about him that I didn’t know and that’s what’s great about this song – everyone’s been through something that makes them say to themselves ‘it will be a great day tomorrow’.”

Warren Bennett promotes himself with fervor and really believes in the messages he’s putting across in his tunes. In just over 1 year online, Warren’s Myspace has received just under 100,000 hits and his songs have had nearly 130,000 plays, he’s sold just over 500 copies of “10 Years of Life” directly through his Myspace and has just made it to Itunes.

Warren’s music has captured interest from around the world with his song "Great Day Tomorrow" on a compilation album called Acoustika Vol7 which has been released in the US. The Acoustika album has sold nearly 10,000 copies and is getting airplay on 20 American college radio stations. "Forever Gone" is in the final of a Worldwide radio station competition called Meermusic and is getting airplay in England and Spain. He’s performed live on 4zzz FM, Downunderthundaradio (worldwide), Awesomeradio (worldwide). 88.6FM (Melbourne) 96.5FM (Melbourne) and 95.1FM (Griffith, NSW).

You’ll hear it and you won’t be able to put your finger on it, but there’s something great hear. The lyrics are really personal but at the same time you can relate. The music easygoing but not so easygoing that you forget what you’re listening to. Warren Bennett has finally found his place in life and lucky for us, it’s writing and recording music that we will fit into all sorts of periods in our lives.