This week we have a crush on Ben Stewart’s passion project Congrats and his latest EP “Pharaoh” produced by ARIA Award nominee Konstantin Kersting (Mallrat, Tones & I, Jungle Giants). Featuring the focus track “Believe The Hype”, the EP is proving Ben’s confidence, falling further into the genre of pop.
“I wanted these songs to feel classic despite being suited up in modern production, but I didn’t know if it was possible,” said Stewart. “I didn’t know if my songs would work inside a pop housing. I was listening to artists who push the boundaries of rap and trap music like Roddy Ricch, Yung Lean and Post Malone – I get the same feelings of excitement when I tap into the energy of their music as I did when I first found heavy music. I can feel the same pain and it has filled my sails for exploring new territory. I want to be uncomfortable again.”
Congrats was born from what Stewart refers to as a self-awakening. After growing up a fan of punk, rock and hardcore, he found his tastes broadened as he matured; he began to fall in love with modern pop, hip-hop, and the big studio sounds that accompanied both.
His love for the genre is certainly shining through his music as he continues to navigate his way through the popular genre, marking his truly unique sound.