Hi Ben, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks so much for having me, it’s a real honor to be chatting with you guys! I’ve been okay, just been keeping my head down with the music to stay productive during a weird time.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Socks & Sliders”?
The song is essentially saying ‘I don’t care if people think socks and sliders (‘slides’ in American English) look stupid because they are super comfortable, so I’m going to wear them anyway!’ I wanted to create a feel-good groove for people to bop to, with lyrics that aren’t meant to be taken too seriously. The lyrics were made to create a point of interest even for people who wouldn’t normally associate themselves with this genre of music, which I think adds a whole new dimension to the song.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
This song was really inspired by quarantine – I wrote it as a pick-me-up during the height of lockdown in London. Its primary intention is to bring laughs and smiles to the listener as it did to me when I wrote it! That’s what it’s all about.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The filming was very DIY. As the song topic isn’t meant to be taken too seriously, neither is the video. A high budget masterclass in cinematography wouldn’t feel right for a song about socks. It was filmed by my brother on his iPhone around London and I embarrassed myself in front of a lot of people filming it! It was honestly a lot of fun to shoot; we spent a couple of days filming in as many places as possible, pulling off some “interesting” dance moves to say the least.
How was the recording and writing process?
Again, very laid back. I did it all from my bedroom for the first time which is something I have always wanted to be able to do. I wrote the lyrics over facetime with singer-songwriter and friend Amber Dee and recorded all the instruments and vocals within 5 feet of my bed! It’s also the first release that I produced which was a lockdown project of mine. Big thanks to Will Paterson as well for adding a couple of finishing touches and smashing the mix!
What role does London play in your music?
Gigging in London has definitely had an impact on the energy of my music. Playing Ed Sheeran covers in loud bars when I was 15 made me fall out of love with ballads as they tend to get lost amongst all the talking in most venues around London. I seemed to get the most people engaged when I played upbeat songs or songs that people could sing along to. This is the route to the feel-good funky pop that I write to this day.
How has the likes of Bruno Mars influenced your approach to writing?
For me, Bruno is a role model for funk and groove based pop. I love his use of live sounding drum samples to create a sound that can be replicated almost perfectly with a live band. I feel this gives it such an authentic sound and is something that I have been using as a reference for some of my upcoming music. My favourite tune of his has to be “That’s What I Like.”
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I have dedicated the past few months to reinventing my sound and have come out with a lot of new music. I’m really excited about where my music is heading. You can expect new music every 6-8 weeks from me so keep your eyes peeled!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Should be looking at Early October for the next one. I won’t give too much away about the topic, but the music has a party R&B twist on it!