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Benjamin Clementine, English Artist ( December 7, 1988 - )

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Life is life. You have to learn how to forgive people and how to gain forgiveness for yourself.~Benjamin Clementine


Life Forgiveness Yourself

I personally wouldn't want my second album to sound like my first; it might sound very rocky or hard rock - and that wouldn't be melancholy. So if people think my music is melancholic, then so be it. It's meant to be uplifting, and I'm just basically saying what needs to be said.~Benjamin Clementine


Music People Want

The greatest in heroes in life are the anonymous. That's what I believe. Your neighbours are heroes. People who, when you walk down the street, you see them feeding their little baby - these people are heroes because they are living under difficult situations, but they're still trying to save a life.~Benjamin Clementine


Life Greatest Baby

I don't think I'm a singer, I think I'm an expressionist. But it takes time to put it in people's minds that this guy is not singing, 'Baby, I want to have you.' This guy is actually thinking about what he's saying. This guy has something to say.~Benjamin Clementine


Time Thinking Baby

Sometimes it feels like my story overshadows my music.~Benjamin Clementine


Music Story Sometimes

I've learned in the little bit of my life so far that you can't fool people. And so I only tell people what I think about: my ambitions, my dreams, what inspires me.~Benjamin Clementine


Life Dreams Fool

I know, deep down, that what makes my music what it is are my words. It always starts from me wanting to say something. Once I've run out of things to say, I'll be done.~Benjamin Clementine


Music Deep Words

The thing is: I was quite slow when I was younger. I might have been smart - I don't know - but I was slow talking to people. And as you can see, I don't talk very loud.~Benjamin Clementine


Smart People You

The minute I stop singing, I'm back to being shy. I'm soft-spoken because I never really talked to people. I didn't learn to do it.~Benjamin Clementine


People Learn Singing

We always blame other people when things go wrong. For example, family to friends, you think they'll stay by your side, and you realise they never do. But that's life.~Benjamin Clementine


Life Family Friends

It stayed with me - the Bible has stayed with me. I've grown out of it because, obviously, you live life for yourself and have your choice to believe what you want to believe in, but I know that the Bible can be used to appreciate life.~Benjamin Clementine


Life Live Life Yourself

I'm from a middle class family, but my father squandered all the money, so I didn't really run around with rich people.~Benjamin Clementine


Family Money Father

If I'm being forced to do something I don't want to do, my real self comes out. But whether or not I'm aware of it, no matter what happens, I'm always going to have a fake self, and I'm not going to judge my fake self.~Benjamin Clementine


Self Fake Want

I was lucky to have read a lot of poetry when I was younger; it helped me to remember a way to write.~Benjamin Clementine


Poetry Remember Me

Personally, I wouldn't mind going on stage naked, totally naked.~Benjamin Clementine


Mind Naked Stage

I'm actually doing what I like doing, which is mixing opera music and classical music with soul and folk. And I was writing and talking about what I've actually experienced, and I don't think that's very common.~Benjamin Clementine


Music Soul Writing

I accept the fact that angels are great heavenly beings, and I think some people give me the feeling that I'm with an angel.~Benjamin Clementine


Great People Angel

I would describe myself as outspoken. Not political. Outspoken about what I want to say. There are things that need to be said... and I think it's my obligation to say them.~Benjamin Clementine


Myself Political Want

I appreciate my city very much. When I go to America and Europe, and I tell everyone I'm from London, I'm proud.~Benjamin Clementine


America Proud Appreciate

Studying music involves a lot of mathematics and a lot of exercises of memory. Or you've got to be able to be like somebody, to play like somebody, to play Mozart's music the way he played it and how he intended it. You've got to make it perfect, and that's not what I want to do. Although it is beautiful.~Benjamin Clementine


Music Beautiful Memory

My parents always said that I would be a lawyer or pilot or doctor - and I always just thought that's what I would do.~Benjamin Clementine


Parents Doctor Lawyer

When I first started singing in Paris, I sounded horrible: I was just singing to get some money to eat. And I wasn't singing my own songs: it was Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix. Eventually, when I wrote my own music, my style just came out of my own place.~Benjamin Clementine


Music Money Style

Because I didn't think anyone would actually listen to my music, I thought I could say whatever I wanted.~Benjamin Clementine


Music Think Listen

I believe when the music is being sung or being played, at the end of it, there's some sort of grace and understanding. And that's all I want for humanity. I just want us to understand each other. That's the point of my music.~Benjamin Clementine


Music End Humanity

I always see my music for its rewards rather than its awards. But I always thought if there was one award I'd want to win, it would be the Mercury.~Benjamin Clementine


Music Win Want

Most people think a song is a song - three minutes, and you're done. I don't think this way. Songs are my wings. They're what I use to fly. It's very important for me to put everything in the right place.~Benjamin Clementine


People Fly Me