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EXCLUSIVE: Singer Clara Benin excited to perform with dad Joey Benin in sold-out Side A concert on September 24

Clara Benin shares how her father and Side A member Joey Benin helped influence her in music growing up.

EXCLUSIVE: Singer Clara Benin excited to perform with dad Joey Benin in sold-out Side A concert on September 24-Push Team
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09/21/2022 02:23 PM
EXCLUSIVE: Singer Clara Benin excited to perform with dad Joey Benin in sold-out Side A concert on September 24
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As one of the country’s most talented indie singer-songwriters, Clara Benin shared with PUSH how being in the pandemic has actually made her closer to her fans.

“I actually feel like my relationship with my fans grew deeper because during the pandemic I started a Patreon community. So Patreon is you get to subscribe. I didn’t know [when] the lockdown was going to end and it was a very uncertain time. And I’m a full time musician so it just made sense for me to start a Patreon and I would do monthly live streams for my fans, until now actually. Exclusively for the Patreon community and that was like my main source of income for a time and I’m so grateful for that and I feel a lot closer to my fans because of that. Na-feel ko talaga yung love and support nila for me,” she told PUSH during Side A’s Then and Now concert presscon held earlier this month.

The 28-year-old musician, who is a special guest performer in the Then and Now: Redux 360 Side A Experience concert happening on September 24, also shared which Side A songs are her favorites.

“Aside from ‘Forevermore’, I also love ‘Tila’ that was written by Cailao Lee Von D and I actually have a version of it which I released a few years ago. So it’s actually out on Spotify and everything since 2015. It’s part of an EP called River Child and I love that song so much so I asked tito Levon if I can do my own version of it and I was able to do that so it’s actually one of my favorite songs to perform live because I don’t have a lot of Tagalog songs so that’s one of my favorites,” she shared. 

Best known for her 2017 track "Parallel Universe,” Clara shared how her father, original Side A bassist, Joey Benin influenced her love for music growing up.

“I remember just whenever my dad would drive us to school, we would always be listening in the car, listening to his music. We would always just talk about music like The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and he would give us background, just context on the songs and that made me appreciate music on a deeper level. And I would also share my music with him and share my insight on the songs that I listen to. So it was a really cool dynamic when we get to share each other’s music growing up,” she recalled. 

Even though she joined the same industry as her dad, Clara explained why she never felt being overshadowed by his reputation as a musician.

“Honestly that never really affected me I think. Kasi I was in the indie music scene for a long time na. I was 18. My dad’s scene was just so different I feel like he did a lot of noon time shows  and more like big time, very mainstream and ako I was in the indie scene so it’s just very different. Whenever people would mention that, ‘Uy, you’re Joey Benin’s daughter,’ I would just feel honored. It’s something I’m very proud of. I’d say, ‘Yeah, that’s my dad.’

“I give most of the credit to my dad for that for my musicality and even just for my love and my passion for music. Just growing up and seeing how passionate he is in what he’s doing and just the fact that he gets to be a musician for a living is such a huge inspiration for me,” she admitted. 

Clara is also looking forward to sharing the stage with her dad and the original and current members of Side A on September 24 at their one-night only concert.

“I’ve had my dad perform with me a few times already. Usually when I have a big show I would do a set with my dad, like stripped down, just me on the guitar and he would play the bass and it’s always a special time performing with my dad and now I get to perform with his band so it’s exciting,” she said.