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INTERVIEW: Ben Wolf

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

Thank you! I’ve been on a real high these past couple of days. We’ve had a couple of intense weeks with crazy deadlines but we managed to deliver. Also, releasing my debut single was a pretty big deal for me of course. It kind of felt like an extra birthday!

  1. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Ultraviolet”?

Ultraviolet was meant as a nod to Violet, Daniel Caesar’s debut single. I’m a really big fan of him!

It’s a very metaphorical piece, comparing my experience as a medical student, and the hive mentality which I found myself in, with a bee leaving the hive to follow the ultraviolet glow to find pollen flowers and produce its own honey. The continued references to nectar and pollen all resemble personal growth to me.

Ultraviolet is all about the frustration I experienced studying for something that didn’t teach me anything about myself, and the resulting major career switch.

I’m really happy with the final product as it shows how well James Lowland – my producer, friend and mentor – and I work together. I really like synth slides, nature sounds and any weird/funny noises and he also happens to love making really unique music, so it’s a perfect fit! Also, his musical genius allows for flawless transitions and blends between all kinds of unexpected styles and sounds.

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

This song has been a one-off, so far, in the sense that it’s the only song I’ve written where I knew what the title was going to be before even sitting down to write.

As I was saying, the title Ultraviolet came from Daniel Caesar’s Violet, whereas the idea for the central theme to the song – perceiving something others couldn’t see – probably originated from the lecture about an ophthalmology (study of eye disorders) related topic which I had attended just a few hours before hearing Daniel Caesar’s Violet.

Combining the ideas of Ultraviolet and perceiving something others couldn’t see was pretty straightforward and it only made sense that I would write about my plans for my future in the music industry.

  1. Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

This was actually an option, but I chose not to do it. At the time I preferred releasing Ultraviolet as soon as possible rather than waiting for 3 more months to be able to release it with a music video.

Currently, I don’t plan on working on a video for the track, because that takes time; time that I’m currently using to write new songs with. However, I am very excited about the idea of collaborating with other artists. So, if someone were to contact me with an artistic vision for a music video of Ultraviolet, and there’s a clear interest from the audience, I’d be really happy to take part in producing my first ever music video.

  1. How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was pretty straightforward: I came home from university at about 6pm, locked myself in my room and came out to grab something to eat at like 1-2am… with a finished song.

The recording process was a really valuable experience. It was the first time for me being in a really big studio, so it constantly felt like I was a kid in a toy store. It was also the first time being surrounded by photographers, multiple producers, engineers, other artists, etc. so it allowed me to observe how things worked in this type of environment. What am I allowed to say? Where am I allowed to sit? Why is the kitchen so dirty? I guess this was the first time realizing that I had made the switch from one of the most academic careers to one of the most artistic. It was a real eye-opener.

  1. What role does London play in your music?

Being born in London, not much that I can remember, as I moved to Belgium when I was 2 months old.

Being educated in England, just north of London, meant that I gained a very thorough understanding of the English language, which is one of the main factors behind my talent for songwriting. So, that played a very significant role in my music.

  1. Having lived in and meet three different cultures in the form of US, UK and Belgium – how has this influence your music?

I think the main thing I took away from those experiences is that I now look beyond borders. I’m very internationally minded and I think that’s reflected in my music and definitely in my future plans and personal goals.

  1. Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

You can definitely expect a lot of new material!

It’s coming along really great. As mentioned, we’ve had a couple of intense weeks, because of the fact that we’ve been working on, and completing, the next couple of releases.

  1. Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We’ve challenged ourselves to release every month since we’ve been piling up the material.

  1. What else is happening next in Ben Wolf’ world?

After years of fueling my academic side, I’ve decided to give my creative side some attention. I’ll be exploring multiple creative fields including poetry, vlogs and designing clothing and jewelry. Also, I’d like to take up acting classes at some point in the future!

Apart from that, I really want to sharpen my songwriting skills so I’ll be writing for a lot of other artists in the coming months.

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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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