This isn’t the first time we’ve featured Benjamin Clementine on the pages of GIGsoup and if this ‘Track of the Day’ is anything to go by it certainly won’t be the last. An artist who is just beginning to bloom he certainly started his musical adventure the hard way.
After absconding to Paris aged 20; sleeping rough, working in kitchens and busking out of economic necessity; first in the corridors of the Place de Clichy station and then on the actual trains. A brutal baptism of fire, he’d perform covers along with French language numbers by Jacques Brel and Leo Ferre (despite not being able to initially understand the language). ‘The reason I feel no fear when I go onstage is because of what happened in those trains. I just used to sing my guts out”, he says
After returning to his native London the word quickly spread, to the point where Benjamin Clementine’s UK live debut took place on ‘Later…With Jools Holland’, resulting in a small storm on Twitter. The release of the ‘Glorious You’ EP further cemented this talented young mans credentials.
The artist returns after a busy 2014 and is set to release debut album ‘At Least For Now’ (containing todays’s Track of the Day ‘Nemesis’) on the 23rd March, this will then be followed by a headline show at London’s Barbican on the 1st April 2015.
The video for ‘Nemesis’ can be seen, above.