Da Brendon Benson kurzzeitig keine Zeit fand, persönlich meine Interview-Fragen zu beantworten, entschied ich, auf das Angebot der Promo-Agentur zurück zu greifen und führte ein eMail-Interview durch. Und eigentlich bin ich froh darüber, ich befürchte nämlich, hätte ich neben ihm gesessen, hätte er entweder nichts gesagt und ich den Raum verlassen. Darum: Vielen Dank, Herr Benson für die ausführlichen anekdotenreichen Antworten (Achtung: Ironie!)

motor.de: Between „The Alternative to Love“ and the new Album „My Old, Familiar Friend“ there is a four year period. Are you happy to work now a little bit more on your solo-career?
Benson: Yes.  It’s been a long time coming.  

Do you always try to reflect life-situations by writing and producing songs?
Benson: Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction, but I don’t follow any steadfast rules.  I take “poetic license” sometimes.

Is there a difference between „My Old Familiar Friend“ to the earliest records you made?
Benson: Yes.  MOFF was made with Gil Norton who is, as you know, a very successful producer.  I’ve usually worked on records by myself.  I didn’t want to do that for this one.  I wanted to make a “bigger record”. (Tja, das hat wohl mit „MOFF“ nicht so gut geklappt)

motor.de: Which is your favourite Song on your new disk?
Benson: I like Lesson Learned.  It’s the underdog on the record, I think.

motor.de: What inspires you the most?
Benson: Too much to list.  music, people, food, guitars, my garden…etc.

motor.de: Would you say it’s hard to put all things together – Album, Tour, The Raconteurs, producing and the life with friends?
Benson: Yeah sometimes, but I enjoy staying busy.  I’m a bit of a workaholic.

motor.de: How did you met your friend Jack White?
Benson: Google it.  It’s all over the internet.  

motor.de: Which bands did you grow up with?
Bensons: My parents were very young when I was born and still very much into music.  My dad had a huge record collection which included T Rex, Nazz, Stooges, MC5, Cream, Bowie, Roxy Music, and the list goes on. Those records became the soundtrack to my childhood.

motor.de: What’s your biggest wish for 2009?
Benson: To make a killer album. (NOT!)

Es gibt nun mal solche Künstler, die offen und nett sind, vielleicht auch tiefgründige Statements liefern, oder eben diese, wie Brendan Benson.