Former Az Yet R&B group member, Dyson Benson, sits down with Linger Magazine to share his new music and goals for the future.
Interviewed by Myra Harris
What inspired you to start singing?
Dyshon: I was inspired by Michael Jackson.  When I was in junior high school, I performed one of his songs, as I was themain actandit was standing room only.  I had every move down to a “T”and it was a major inspiration to me.  I realized at that point that I wanted to feel that same excitement from my own music and it pushed me to move forward with my singing career.
What music did you listen to when you were younger and how did it influence you?
Dyshon: I grew up listening to Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, BabyFace, RKelly, the O’Jays, and Temptations. I appreciate how Stevie delivered his songs and how BabyFace pulled his production together. However, I idolized BabyFace and Michael Jackson from a performance stand point and the amazing high notes that Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffinsang with ease.
What makes you different than other artists?
Dyshon: I put a lot of time and attention in my production, as I want to keep my current fans attention and be able to attracts fans from all other genres (which is a hard task to accomplish).
If you had to describe your music in three or four words, what would they be?
Dyshon: Real, melodic and passionate.
What was the best gig that you have done so far (either as a solo artist or as part of Az Yet)?
Dyshon: During my time with Az Yet, we had an amazing opportunity to sing our Grammy nominated song, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”, with kids that played all the strings in the orchestra.
Do you get nervous before performing? And, do you have any tips for people who do?
Dyshon: I always get nervous before a performance. The best advice is to practice, practice, practice, be sure of yourself and absolutely no half stepping.
If you make a mistake during a performance, how do you handle it?
Dyshon: As a recording artist, I’ve learned that no one is perfect, so when I make a mistake –I just keep going.
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be and why?
Dyshon: I would love for the industry to bring back real music...and the art of real music.
I would also love to hear more of that in the songs today and am hopeful that young producers can understand and appreciate the true beauty of music, as there is nothing like live instruments.
If you could perform with any artist in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Dyshon: Of course, it would be Michael Jackson, as I’d love to see himfrom start to finish, as it relates to the production of one of his shows and also be able to see him perform (up close and personal).
What is something that nota lot of people know about you, but you wish more people could know?
What is something that not a lot of people know about you, but you wish more people could know?
Dyshon: Most people do not know that I am DBS certified, have refurbished houses, done light electrical work and am very good with my hands.
Musically, where do you see yourself in a year’s time?
Dyshon: Lord willing and with faith...I will still be pursuing my career, working with major artists, and will have built my identity and be known as a successful solo artist, songwriter and producer.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
Dyshon: Be true to who you are...whatever naysayers come your way–stay focused, try to be as original and authenticate as you can; never give up; stay prayed up and give 110%.
Dyshon: Most people do not know that I am DBS certified, have refurbished houses, done light electrical workand am verygood with myhands.
What’s something you’d like to share with the Linger Magazine readers?
Dyshon: Please like and add mynew single,“The Loneliness” to your playlist, as it can be downloaded on all digital stores. I am working on a Christmas song and a new single that will be out in December, anda 10-song album, which should be out in the 1st quarter of 2021.
Follow me on Facebook –Dyshon Benson, Instagram @dyshonbenson and on Twitter dyshonb.
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