Benji Hughes Biography
Producer and L.A- bred session musician Keefus Ciancia (T-Bone Burnett, Sheryl Crow, Everlast) assisted Hughes in making his 25-song debut album in his Silverlake, CA studio over a four-month period last year. A Love Extreme flows like your favorite mixtape but with the classicality of Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen. Ciancia doesn't hesitate to champion Hughes' genuine approach to his artistic craft. "The way he writes lyrics and melodies, Benji finds a way to get into your brain. The way he does things is the way he lives his life. On the piano, he's freaky because he just sits down and gets into this trance mode. It's like a beer coma and his hands just kind of take off. It's just kind of natural to him. He's an amazing guitar player, too. He did most of the guitar stuff on A Love Extreme. It's totally out of control."
Whether he's gushing about women and relationships or pining over heartbreaks, Hughes has a penchant for perfecting great pop songs. From the danceable "Tight Tee Shirt" to the synth-slathered vibe of "Why Do These Parties Always End the Same Way" and "Baby, It's Your Life!" Hughes' barefaced humor is instantaneously charming. Even during the more dour moments such as the melancholic "Love Is a Razor" and the majestic, piano-driven "Even If," Hughes nails it each and every time.