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Matt Benatan

Matt Benatan has contributed 19 articles to Leeds Music Scene.


About Me

Music journalist and writer for Leeds Music Scene.

I'm a music journalist, musician and researcher in computer science. For more information, check out my site at http://matt-benatan.squarespace.com



LMS caught up with the guys ahead of their Cockpit show here in Leeds to see what they had to say about the past, present and future of the tech-metal behemoth that is Monuments.

Video Interview: Castrovalva at Live at Leeds

Matt Benatan interviews Castrovalva in their lead up to appearing in Mine at this year's Live at Leeds festival. Filmed and edited by the talented Rob Harvey for Leeds Music Scene.

Arcane Roots

Live @ Cockpit Room 3 on Wednesday, 8th May 2013

Black Light Burns

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with the guys from Black Light Burns on their first European tour. It's been a long time coming, and after an excellent show the band were kind enough to spend some time discussing how the shows are going, describe the band's history and, of course, share their views on supernatural voyeurism...

Black Light Burns: Wes Borland Brings Hard Rock Supergroup to Our Shores.

Matt Benatan introduces Wes Borland's new project, Black Light Burns.


The Pride

Pure Reason Revolution

Following an eight year career, three albums, much touring across Europe and the UK with bands including Oceansize, Porcupine Tree and Placebo, Pure Reason Revolution finally decided to call it a day. After an emotional final performance, I caught up with their guitarist, Jamie Willcox, to discuss highlights from the band's career and prospective plans for the future.


Kneel Estate


Earlier this year, I caught up with Arcane Roots at Sonisphere where they raved about a Norwegian band by the name of 22. Now, several months on, the two bands have been touring the UK together, and I just had to check out what those guys were raving about. Following the two bands' phenomenal performances, I had a chat with 22's guitarist about sci-fi, guitar pedals, and their views on the music industry.

Arcane Roots

Live @ Fibbers (York) on Thursday, 10th November 2011

Down The Machine

Know Your Place

Arcane Roots

With the sheer number of bands storming the UK scene at the moment it's harder than ever to stand out. But at this year's Sonisphere festival, playing to a crowd that included members of Mastodon and Slipknot, Arcane Roots did just that. I caught up with the guys after their tremendous performance to find out some more about what they do, their ethos as a band and their plans for the future.

Kepzelt Varos

Mit Nekem


Live @ Santiago on Thursday, 14th April 2011

Various Artists

Brew // DTTR Split 10

Does It Offend You, Yeah?

Live @ Cockpit on Monday, 7th March 2011

Does It Offend You, Yeah?

Following their packed-out gig at the Cockpit, I was fortunate enough to get some time with Chloe, Dan and James of Does It Offend You, Yeah?. Fresh off touring with bands such as Linkin Park and The Prodigy, I was keen to see what these guys had to say about touring, music, and, of course, hats.

Video Villain



Critical Distance