How would you describe your taste in music?
Ben: Random. I have such a random taste in music. I can pretty much listen to anything. Acoustic music being a firm favourite but when I’m driving I like to listen to more house and dubstep.
Who do you consider to be your favourite band and why?
Ben: I don’t actually have a favourite. It all depends in what kinda mood I’m in as to what style I’ll be listening to. At the moment I’m jamming Charlie Puth – ‘Attention‘ and before that it was Chelsea Grin’s latest album. When Stormzy released his album I had that on repeat. If I dig it, I’ll listen to it.
Who is the best live band you’ve ever seen?
Ben: Parkway Drive have to be up there. I saw them in Manchester a few years back and they slayed! But Architects have everything, they sound exactly like their records. When you’re watching them you hear and believe every lyric. Just the energy they produce when playing their songs is so inspirational.
What is the one song that you could listen to forever?
Ben: Nickelback– ‘If Today Was Your Last Day‘. I don’t know what it is but every time I listen to that song I want to hear it over and over again. The lyrics hold such a strong meaning and musically, it’s so moreish. I never get bored of listening to it.
What album, if any, was a turning point in your ‘musical life’ and why?
Ben: It’s not listening to a band’s music that made me want to be in a band. It’s seeing bands that made me want to do it. The first metal band I listened to was Avenged Sevenfold. I went to see them in Birmingham and I was like “fuckkkk I need to do this”. Since then I’ve always tried to better myself in music/singing and right now this is the best and most confident position I’ve been in.
In 3 words, what makes a good album or song?
Ben: Meaning, catchiness and quality.
A festival or a gig? Why?
Ben: I like them both for different reasons. At festivals you hang out with a bunch of friends, getting twisted, listening to the music you enjoy most and making some sick memories. But going to gigs is just as fun. The only difference is a gig is just one night and you’re not sleeping in a bin. So I like them both just as much.
Who would be your 3 dream festival headliners?
Ben: Well the obvious answer is us, everyone who’s in a band dreams of headlining a festival. But for me I’d want Avenged Sevenfold, Nickelback and Blackstone Cherry.
Who are the best new band you’ve discovered lately that everyone should know about?
Ben: Polaris without doubt. They absolutely kill it. They’re from Australia but they’re hitting up the UK and Europe real soon.
What band or artist is your secret, or not so secret, guilty pleasure?
Ben: I don’t really have a guilty pleasure as I’m down to listen to anything. Whether it’s pop, rock, grime, metal. I don’t care man, if I dig it then I’ll listen to it.