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ROCK: featuring singer / songwriter / beatboxer Ben Hammond's unique brand of Acoustic Soul-Pop.
Why this name?
My parents made that one easy.
Do you play live?
I play live as often and in as many different places as possible. Every time I look out and see someone really listening is a special moment. Singing at the Montreal Jazz Festival for a sold out concert was a pretty stand-out moment though.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Now instead of having 100 people buy your first demo CD for 5$, you get a thousand people to hear it for free, and then a percentage of those will stay interested and come to shows and buy later records that t hey otherwise wouldn't have heard of. But keep in mind people, making music is not free. Yes, doing a crappy recording in your basement might be cheap, but renting a real studio, paying real musicians and eating as a full time artist are expensive. Be smart with your free music... if its something you really love, try and support that artist somehow, either buying tee-shirts, getting your friends to come with you to shows, etc...
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Possible.
Band History:
Born in the tiny town of Hiram, Maine and graduated in 2006 with a degree in Music Technology from McGill University in Montreal, Ben Hammond has been touring and playing festivals (including the Montreal Jazz Festival) and venues (Montreal’s Sala Rossa and Metropolis, Antifolk in New York City, many more). Recent appearances and activities have ranged from tours of his home in rural New England to across the world in New Zealand, composing original songs, and most recently completing his full length studio album “[Reasonably] Honest” with full band and Downbeat Magazine award winning mixer Reuben Ghose. Schooled in jazz, raised on rock, immersed in soul, and fascinated with music the world over, Ben can just as easily be found strumming and singing a ballad as he can live looping an a cappella improvisation of Tuvan throat singing, beatboxing, and harmonized scatting. When performing his composed material, either as a soloist or with his quartet, the music features Ben’s engaging, soulful vocals weaved within a framework of genre-shifting instrumentation which provides a platform for contemplative, understated lyrics.
Your influences?
The Beatles, Wilco, Stevie Wonder, Kurt Elling, Jack Johnson, Ray Charles, DMB, Damien Rice, Fat Freddy's Drop, Lauryn Hill, Feist
Favorite spot?
Montreal and Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.
Equipment used:
Taylor 412-ce. Shure SM58A Beta. Boomerang Loop Pedal. Bose L1 Model II.
Anything else...?
www.benhammondmusic.com
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