Bentley Jones is a man of many talents – not only he is a qualified personal trainer, he has competed in gymnastics, swimming and martial arts, is a classical dancer – last year he performed in a sold-out show with the Birmingham Opera Company – and a renowned musician. As PHUNKSTAR he has produced remixes for some of the biggest names in pop music, from Ariana Grande to Katy Perry, and as a composer has contributed to soundtracks for game franchises including Sonic the Hedgehog. And now, as Bentley Jones, he is debuting tracks from the forthcoming EP, ‘The Prequel’.
Jones accepts that his success has come not from following others but from breaking rules; after charting unexpectedly in Japan, he became the first ever British artist to release an album on major label AVEX, recording songs in Japenese as well as English. He has also appeared with pop artist May J., collaborated with rapper SHUN and given the approval superstar Ayumi Hamasaki. Not bad for a musician from the West Midlands.
While in Japan, he was heralded as the next big thing in music, and he is living up to expectations with his latest release. Comparisons to the likes of David Guetta and Avicii are not unwarranted on electronic track ‘Follow You Down’, while ‘So Much More’ approaches punk pop. Jones reveals his remarkable vocal range on ‘Axiomatis’ (ft. The TRUTHSt4lk3rz), a track on which he collaborated with his fans, who wrote lyrics, contributed backing vocals, and even appeared in the music video. Jones is devoted to his fans – he often spends time taking part in Livestreams, YouTube Q&A sessions and Twitter exchanges with his followers – and, by all accounts, his fans are dedicated to him, and with this release, he is about to make many more.