Benji Wild began honing his rap skills as a child of the early 00’s. Rapping on street corners across Cardiff, and taking part in rap battles wherever he could find them, he was soon establishing himself on the scene.
By his late teens he found himself couch surfing across the UK, following the bassline music scene, and this adventure would eventually lead to the Greek island of Crete, where he lived for a year as resident MC in the clubs for the summer season. The experience of travel, absorbing new cultures and new sounds, and being able to perform for a living, was just the taster required, and he returned home more motivated than ever to find a path into music.
Shortly after this he met a Cardiff MC by the name of ‘Traxx’, who was looking for new collaborators, and this soon evolved into the grime-punk group Astroid Boys. Whilst momentum was growing, in 2013 they had to hit the brakes. Jumped on the streets of Cardiff after a show, Benji found himself in prison for a short stretch, due to a street fight that regretfully got out of hand. ‘It really was the last thing I wanted to happen in life at that point. It was such a sobering and humbling experience. Perhaps in the long run, it was the thing that has made me focus my energies so much on music, and makes me want to make the most of the opportunities I have now.’
Astroid Boys eventually delivered multiple tours, sharing stages with the likes of Kano, Enter Shikari, and ICE T, and growing a global fanbase along the way. It was a positive experience which has without doubt helped to shape Benji as an artist and a person, and inspire him to now find his own path with his own project.
Growing up in a low income, and, in his own words ‘an unconventional household’, in an area of Cardiff renowned for crime, it wasn’t the easiest of environments, but it was during these formative years that Benji threw himself into music and discovered that music was the only future he could see. ‘I’ve poured everything into this debut album. My upbringing, the good and the bad times, and hopefully people will connect. Feels a long time in the making, but I know the real journey is only just about to begin.’
Benji Wild’s debut album ‘Skull & Bones’ is released worldwide on Friday 3rd December 2021, available on all major platforms.