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INTERVIEW: Ben Rice

How would you classify your music?

I would say it’s pretty classy, but non classist. It’s Americana-tinged, indie rock with some Brit-pop in there for good measure.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Some of my top 5 musical influences would be John Lennon and Paul McCartney. I grew up listening to The Beatles from a very young age so I think most of the music that I gravitate towards draws from that lineage harmonically in one way or another.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I don’t really have any expectations for how people should experience my music. If I had to say something , I’d say that I hope it inspires people to pick up an instrument and make their own music.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Brooklyn is an amazing place to make music. It’s an amazing place in general, but musically speaking, it’s full of so many incredibly talented and creative people. There’s a bit of a scene that’s growing around my studio Degraw Sound with these up and coming bands that produce records here — Queue, Elliot & the Ghost, Eighty Ninety and the list goes on from there, so it’s an inspiring place to be and an exciting time to be here.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

My favorite part of playing live is being engulfed in the sound on stage. There’s nothing like that feeling of being in the middle of all those sound waves. Best concert is a tough one, I’ve seen a ton of great shows, but I’m going to say Degraw Fest 2017. Maybe I’ve just got Degraw Fest on my mind since we’re gearing up for this year’s fest, but it was an amazing day of music with all my friends, so that concert always will stand out to me.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

I think I’ve gotta go with a tune called “The Getaway”.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I got back into making music. A year ago I didn’t really have any intention of ever making my own music again, but then the tunes started coming again and when the tunes are there you just have to go with it.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

This is a bit like an alternate version of that game ‘Kill, Fuck, Marry’ huh? I guess I’d meet Paul McCartney, play a gig with Oasis in 1996, co-write a song with Mike Campbell, have dinner with David Byrne and have a drink with Richard Ashcroft.

What’s next for you?

This coming Saturday August 4th I’ll be  playing at Degraw Fest, which is a music festival that my recording studio Degraw Sound puts on to showcase the artists who we produce. I’m psyched to get back onstage and share the bill with a bunch of my friends’ bands — Eighty Ninety, Queue, Elliot & the Ghost, Kevin Daniel, GRITS, Bell the Band, Common Jack, Sophie Colette and AMFM.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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