Global pandemic occurs – Live music shows and touring stops.
How do we bring the live experienceof Mr Experience to a worldwide audience?
Today, Australia’s self-proclaimed “adult entertainer” Donny Benét announces Live Experience – a virtual live performance of his new record Mr Experience, taking place on Saturday 21 Novemberin the comfort of your own home, wherever you are around the globe. To prevent you from being restricted by timezones, you will be able to watch the stream on this date at your convenience, however, Benétsuggests tuning in at 8PM local time for optimal viewing.
Accompanied by his Show Band, Donny Benéthasenlisted director Alex Smith and his collection of vintage video cameras and editing equipment, alongside a talented production crew, to capture the adventurous and exciting experience of a Donny Benét live show.
Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite at a price of your choosing (pay as you can).
After humble lo-fi beginnings in the Australian art-pop underground, Donny Benét has expanded his cult-like following across the globe with a resonant array of danceable repertoire dealing with love and affection. Mr Experience marks a new chapter informed by a wealth of musical and personal development.
Featuring the singles ‘Mr Experience’, ‘Girl Of My Dreams’, ‘Second Dinner’ & ‘Moving Up’,Donny Benét envisions Mr Experience as a soundtrack to a dinner party set in the late 1980s. Since its release, it has been met with worldwide acclaim, including glowing reviews, features with Billboard, NME and Monocle, and has recently received nominations for ‘Best Adult Contemporary Album’ & ‘Best Cover Art’ at the 2020 ARIA Awards taking place in November.
In February I was fortunate enough perform in US/Canada on one of my most successful tours. It was so great to finally meet and connect with my US/Canadian audiences and I was very much looking forward to returning later in the year to tour Mr Experience.In March 2020 we had just begun rehearsing the band to prepare for the Mr Experience European tour in May and was looking forward to returning to Europe again to perform the new songs. Lockdown soon followed and we had to press pause after only one rehearsal together.
Like everything this year plans were made, changed, changed again and postponed.I wanted to stay connected to my audience throughout the early weeks of lockdown and decided to host The D Zone online every week until the new album was released. I had put so much love into writing Mr Experience and wanted to present it in the highest quality setting for audiences rather than a series of streamed shows.
I always had the idea of filming a live performance for posterity and generally being something on my wish list. As a huge music nerd I’ve spent endless hours trawling the internet watching live performances of my favourite artists and I always loved the idea that one day there would be a high-end production of a Donny Benét performance filmed and viewed online for years to come!
With the prospect of not being able to leave Australia for a long time this seemed like the perfect opportunity to indulge in this concept and create a piece of art with longevity. I approached the director Alex Smith to help bring this concept into reality. I always enjoy working with Alex – we both seem to operate within an extremely fine line of subtleties and niche references. Alex utilised his collection of vintage video cameras and editing equipment, alongside a talented production crew, to capture the adventurous and exciting experience of a Donny Benét live show.
My fantastic band lived up to all expectations with their warmth and musicality and for this special occasion we were able to invite two backing singers.
I’m ecstatic with how it turned out and it’s been quite satisfying to accomplish this project in an extremely dire time for live music. I hope you enjoy watching this concert!
– Donny Benét
Live Experience Livestreamed Concert
Saturday 21 November
Tickets & more info via Eventbrite
Great Southern Nights – Live Experience – Solo
Thursday 12 November (Early Session + Late Session) – SOLD OUT
The Vanguard, Sydney, AU
2021 Rescheduled Australian Tour Dates
12 Mar – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, AU
13 Mar – The Zoo, Brisbane, AU
19 Mar – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, AU 2021 EUROPE & UK DATES
04 May – Nouveau Monde, Fribourg, CH
05 – May Exil, Zurich, CH
06 May – Milla Club, Munich, DE
07 May – Pohoda Day FM, Bratislava, SK
08 May – Futurum Music Bar, Prague, CZ
09 May – Lido, Berlin, DE
11 May – Musikenshus, Gothenburg, SW
12 May – Blaa, Oslo, NO
13 May – Fasching, Stockholm, SW
14 May – Plan B, Malmo, SW
15 May – Loppen, Copenhagen, DK
16 May – Hafenklang, Hamburg, DE
17 May – Gebaude 9, Cologne, DE
18 May – Aeronef, Lille, FR
20 May – The Hope And Ruin, Brighton, UK
21 May – Headrow House, Leeds, UK
22 May – Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
23 May – Whelans, Dublin, IE
25 May – Yes, Manchester, UK
26 May – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, UK
27 May – The Dome, London, UK
28 May – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam, NL
29 May – Botanique, Brussels, BE
Nominated for ‘Best Adult Contemporary Album’ ARIA Awards 2020
Nominated for ‘Best Cover Art’ ARIA Awards 2020
Feature Album – 2SER
Local Feature – SYN FM
“Benét makes bonafide jams.” – KEXP
“There’s a warmth to Donny Benét’s fifth album that rages with the way things are right now. As people turn to the comforting blanket of the music they grew up with to make a little sense of a world that simply doesn’t, ‘Mr. Experience’ takes the past and twists it into something modern yet classic.” – NME
“Benét’s quirky approach shows us that he knows how to charm listeners so that they suspend disbelief for the duration of the song and just enjoy the moment. Mr Experience offers feelgood respite from these strange and uncertain times.” – The Music
“There’s no one quite like Donny Benét… a Commodore of Yacht Rock, delivering disco for dinner parties… he’s lighting up the room.” – STACK
“a ten track magic carpet ride to bass heaven and back. A body of work that reaffirms his consummate musicianship and, well… experience.” – The Creative Issue