What is a typical day like for you?
"I guess that depends on the day. During the week, I barely have time to breathe it feels like! For now, I work a day job from 8:30-5:30, and once a week from 7:30 – 5:30. Once I’m home, I do any combination of practicing my vocals, rapping/freestyling, writing or recording. On Sundays, I typically write or record in the afternoon, and in the evening I attend church. In-between that, I try to go to the gym at least 3-4 times. That’s my week in a nutshell."
How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?
"I have been a serious artist for 10 years, but I’ve been involved in music my whole life. I began taking music seriously when I won a local talent competition, I then went on to get signed to a major label based in Toronto, Canada and I learned a lot while being signed there. I have been creating and releasing independently for about 2 years now."
If you could choose to work with some of today’s established artists or producers, to move your game to the top, with whom would you like to collaborate?
"I feel like my answer to this question changes everyday… but right now, I would love to collaborate with Frank Dukes and Murda Beatz- they also both happen to be Canadian like myself. As for artists - I would love to write a song with Starrah, she’s been a co-writer on a few songs that have a mainstream appeal without being corny that I really like. I would love to work with Babyface as well. "
Which ingredient do you think is most essential in making your sound and style the way it is?
"I think, me. I’m the ingredient. Each person is a unique individual... so personalizing my music with my own opinions, personality, character, tastes, emotions, and thoughts is always something that’s going to personalize and set apart my sound, style and music."
What is it like being a female in the music game?
"Like anything else it has its up’s and down’s- especially being that the music industry is male dominated. As a young woman navigating this, I feel I have advantages, and disadvantages. I am a huge advocate for respect; and fair treatment of women. Yet, while being a female in the music industry, I don’t really watch that. I think of myself as a powerful individual; an agent of change. A multi-faceted human being that embodies talent, intellect, strength and an incredible work ethic. Where the mind goes, the woman follows. I make a point to never see myself as a victim, I focus on my strengths."
Tell us about the awards you've won.
"I won a Juno – this is basically the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. I won this June 2011 for best rnb single. I was 18 years old."
Upcoming projects and music?
"I just released a project about 2 months ago, called "Wilderness" you can find it on any streaming platform you use. I am also working on new music daily, and have a trip to Los Angeles coming up in June where I’ll be recording. In the interim of those releases, I will be doing a lot of remixes and mashups online! You can get connected with those on my Youtube channel, Q-Benjamin and follow me on Instagram @q_benjamin"