Hip-hop artist Requiem (aka Clayton Bennett) is an artist with Melbourne in his heart and Darwin in his blood. After a childhood living along the Murray River in country Victorian border town Echuca, the young MC moved to hone his craft in the smoke-filled venues of mid-2000s Melbourne. While his early years were influential, Requiem’s late 20s were life changing – flying north to the thick humid soup of tropical Darwin six years ago seeking new adventures.

Requiem’s experiences immersed in the Northern Territory culminated in 2015 with his album Louvres. Gaining accolades from the Herald Sun (“...an exploratory – and imaginative – official debut”, 4/5 stars) and Guardian Australia (“wry observations of a city which has clearly gotten under his skin”), Requiem went on to support giants of Australian hip-hop such as Illy, Drapht, Horrorshow, Jimblah, Seth Sentry and Spit Syndicate.

His 2016 song Treading Water took cues from Requiem’s self, rather than his surroundings – an internal battle of panic and uncertainty. The song had TheMusic.Com.Au noting, “fans can expect big things moving forward for Requiem.” Now back in Melbourne, Requiem has released new single Takeaway Coffee, ruminating on getting older and the mundane spectacle of daily existence.

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