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INTERVIEW: Ben Talmi

Hi Ben, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Bonjour, all things considered, life is wonderful.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Easy”?

Easy is a reaction to living in NYC, comparing my success to others and being incessantly advertised to. After 2 years of constantly feeling like I wasn’t living up the the pressure of the city It just hit me that I don’t need any of that crap to be happy and I’ve got everything I need, thus the lyrics, “It’s all I need, it’s just that easy”

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Every night riding the JMZ into the lower east side to see bands and artists vie for attention in these little clubs. It’s a love/hate kind of relationship but it certainly gave me some perspective on defining ones own success.

The single comes off your new album My Art of Almost – what’s the story behind the title?

A friend of mine Brian Merrill who helped write some of the lyrics on the album came up with it. I thought it summed up the whole process of putting your all into something you really believe in, just to see it fail. Its the whole Sisyphus complex every musician/artist can relate to.

How was the recording and writing process? 

Two years locked in my studio in Brooklyn. I recorded so much material over that time but ultimately whittled it down to 11 songs I feel really represented a consistent theme.

What role does Brooklyn plays in your music?

Serious fear of missing out mixed with unending pressure to compete. Every second not spent writing or recording sends me on this existential wormhole where I feel like I’m not working hard enough. On the flip side if I spend too much time in my studio, I start to see the rest of the world through social media which brings on intense FOMO.

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?

Only one love song on the album and it’s about saying good bye, everything else is about my love affair with the creative process.

Any plans to hit the road?

I really hope so, no bigger dream of mine than to tour the world in support of an album.

What else is happening next in Ben Talmi’s world?

I’m about 7 demos into my next album. It’s ambitious but I really want to put out my next record by the fall. Other than that, producing tons of stuff for other artists, and slowly but surely perfecting the art of the home made pizza.

Watch New Video for “Easy”, here: https://goo.gl/lLRHT2

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