New Zealand musician Benee is poised for total pop domination. The 20-year-old made her Ellen debut today with a performance of her viral track ‘Supalonely’.
This marks the pop wunderkinds second performance on heavyweight US Talk Show. Last month she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, due to coronavirus travel restrictions the musician recorded her performance at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland.
At the time of her Fallon performance, Benee took to Instagram to thank the host for his invite and used the opportunity to amplify the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It feels very weird posting anything other than my support for BLACK LIVES MATTER right now but this is a big moment for me that I have to acknowledge,” she wrote.
“Thank you all for your support & please continue to speak out against injustice and call out racism whenever you encounter it. Thank you Jimmy Fallon for having us.”
Check out Benee performing ‘Supalonely’ on Ellen:
Back in May, Benee dropped a stripped-down version of ‘Supalonely’, titled ‘Supalonely v2’, the track was whipped up the same night that New Zealand went into coronavirus lockdown. It saw the young musician working in collaboration with producer Josh Fountain at Golden Age Studio in the final hours before the midnight curfew.
“I decided that I wanted to show a different side to the song seeing as when I wrote it, I was actually at a pretty low point. I wanted to fully commit to making a really sad song,” BENEE explained of the track at the time.
“My guitar player Tiare came up with the guitar parts which I loved! I wanted to create a slow sad indie vibe and she did a really awesome job of this! We ended up getting it mixed by Dilip Harris in the UK who does a lot of work for King Krule (who I love) I thought he would really complement the style of the song.”