Spending his teens growing up along the banks of the Murray River in country Victoria, Clayton ‘Requiem’ Bennett dove heart first into art, devouring books and films on Basquiat, Pollock and Duchamp, before turning to hip hop, recording demos on CDRs for schoolmates.
It wasn’t until he moved to Melbourne, tapping into art communities only an international city can offer, that Requiem knuckled down to his music. Releasing the unpolished and brash music of an angry young man, in the form of an EP  and full-length album , All Aussie Hip Hop sagely noted, “Requiem shows signs of an emcee that will truly grow into his own over the next few years.”
It took only 12 months for the catalyst to present itself. Seeking an escape from bleak, inspiring, Melbourne, Requiem headed to bleak, inspiring, London for a couple of months to consider his next move. Upon his return, throwing all remaining caution to the wind, Requiem accepted a job offer in Darwin, swapping cold concrete laneways coated in graffiti for busy humid markets hawking spicy soups and fresh juices.
Narrowly missing a wet season cyclone, Requiem arrived in the Top End, promptly writing a homesick love-letter to Melbourne in EP Digital Blues . It wasn’t until he came across an abandoned shopping mall turned graffiti gallery in Darwin’s centre that he knew he’d found his tribe, becoming immersed in the Northern Territory music scene, playing shows and supporting high profile acts who stopped by: Illy, Drapht, Seth Sentry, Horrorshow, Jackie Onassis, Spit Syndicate and Jimblah.
Requiem’s songwriting was markedly effected by the pace, warmth and inclusiveness of the famous tropical city, as evidenced by his 2015 album Louvres. The full length served as Requiem’s personal, if not actual, debut.
Louvres enjoyed critical acclaim from national media including the Herald Sun (“Emerging Aussie MC Requiem has made an exploratory — and imaginative — “official” debut – 4 stars out of 5”) and Guardian Australia (“The talented lyricist rolls out wry observations of a city which has clearly gotten under his skin”) and saw him launch the release at the renowned Darwin Festival. The lead single and title track was added to triple j Unearthed radio and album cuts ‘Early AM’ and ‘False’ were a finalists in the NT Song of the Year Awards.
Requiem’s new single, ‘Treading Water’, sees him team up with in-demand producer Cam Bluff (Hilltop Hoods, Illy, Allday) and sultry vocalist Kathryn Rollins. A dark, brooding reflection on anxiety and control, it is his most heartfelt and accomplished song to date.