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RGM Introducing – Ben Burke

Hiya mate take a seat, what made you decide to go for it as a musician?

“Music itself made decide to go for it as a musician. Melodies, rhythm, rhyme, real songs are all elements of life that attract my focus and attention. The way that vibrations can be controlled and manipulated to affect your emotions on a spiritual level blows my mind every day this is what makes me want to go for it as a musician.

I remember first listening to albums like ’Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ ’The Wall’ ‘Desire’ in my early teens and being totally transported into the stories and the vibes of each track. That’s when I knew I had to be a part of this music medium that we can all communicate through, as Stevie Wonder sings “music is a world within itself its a language we all understand”

As a musician from Liverpool do you feel a certain responsibility to be great following on the rich history from Liverpool?

Well I feel lucky that I’m from a city with such deep musical and cultural heritage. I feel blessed I have been given the ability to create and perform, so in a way yes I feel it is my duty to give the world songs, because songs are what changed my life and hopefully one day even if my music inspires just one person in years to come my work is done and my legacy can live on, but I tell you what I’ll never stop…”

Are the Beatles mentioned too much around Liverpool still? Should the city move on?

“The Beatles can never be mentioned too much in my book haha. They absolutely mean a lot, people know it and a lot of people do abuse it, I’ve done it myself where I go months on end hammering them then I don’t listen for about a year but they always find a way to creep back into my life.

So no it doesn’t bother me that they get mentioned they are who they are an we all know it. For people who say they don’t like The Beatles fair enough each to their own and that, but it is undeniable what they achieved in the time they were together it was remarkable.”

So yeah for me The Beatles are all day la just like any of my other heroes, Marley, Dylan, Paul Simon, bowie and so on.” 

What do you think about how effective social media channels are? Which one do you like best and why?

“On one hand I think social media is an amazing tool or platform for my work, the reach you can get is amazing! If I was going to pick one I think I would say Instagram because everything is so instant and easily accessible. On the other hand using Facebook can be difficult sometimes to reach people without paying to boost my posts but I suppose that just the way of the world now. ‘Nothing comes free in this life’ ay”

People are unaware of just how tough the music industry is to break through, how do you stay motivated?

“Similar to what I said before the thing that motivates me most is the music itself, songs the melodies the rhythms, I love to write and create that’s what keeps my going, my love for the art itself. when I realise the going’s getting tough I’ll pick up the guitar. My girl motivates me a lot too, keeps me on track with my head in the game.”

Is there enough support out there for new artists?

“The opportunities and support are definitely out there you just need to have that relentless hunger to seek them out you got to be on your toes and willing to take any opportunity and ride every wave. I reckon anyway. 

Earlier last year I applied for Merseyrail Sound Station and was accepted, it was such a boss opportunity to meet different people from the industry and pick up tips and advice from professionals it really opened doors for me, which I am very grateful for.”

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

“Most fun on stage I’ve ever had has got to be on the stage in Madrid surrounded great people roasting hot, sun cracking the flags, 50’000 happy people as far as the eye can see good vibes everywhere”

What was the worst experience on stage?

“Well you know its always a nightmare when you snap a string 1 or 2 songs into your 12 song set and you’ve run out of spares! Haha done that a few times but you live and you learn always, have spare string an if you haven’t don’t cry about it just get on with it init. There’s a boss video of John Martin live where he snaps a string and he’s just dead calm and collected, having a laugh with the crowd and that as he puts a fresh string on. Bonkers haha. I think we can definitely learn from that like as performers.”

Tell us something about yourself that you think people would be surprised about?

“I Own large cannabis farm in ‘Birmingham – Alabama – USA’ only messing but I do currently have rip in the crotch area of my jeans.”

What is your biggest achievement?

“Having gained the experience of playing music abroad. There is nothing better to me than travelling to new places, exploring and doing what I love at the same time. Life is a journey la I have found out lately through recently packing in drinking that change is a great source of inspiration and any opportunities that come your way take them by handlebars and go for it, cause on the grand scale of things where not here for long. Know what I mean. I try to treat my life as an adventure and soak up as much knowledge and experience as I can. My biggest achievement is definitely playing abroad and how I’ve been so lucky to have been given opportunities to travel with different musical escapades.”

What makes you stand out as an artist?

I’ll leave that observation to those people and fans who view me as an artist, it’s not really for me to say. I can’t sit here and tell you how much I stand out I just do what I do and roll with it and hope people enjoy it. Some people might like it some people might not, it’s up to them to decide everyone is entitled to an opinion.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

“HA! Don’t get me started, na to be honest I try to be as positive as possible in life and try and see the light in things, but I do get pissed off with a Lot off things that are unavoidable like war, poverty, inequality, divide of classes, austerity, lack of sun! The list could go on… I suppose I get just as pissed off as anyone who is under the thumb of a corrupt government.”

What will the people attending your ep launch expect at EP launch gig on 10th April 

“A mix of upbeat, energising and exciting new music now that I’m finally playing with full band. My mate and major raw talent ‘Ben Wall’ groove machine on drums, the amazing ‘Rob Johnson’ on lead guitar and Funk master ’Sam Rabette’ on bass and my Jolly old self ‘Ben Burke’ on the Rhythm and lead vocals. Plus absolutely boss support from ’Springbar’ and ‘Rise Athena’ two class bands!. Tickets are selling fast it’s going to be a cracking turn out. Make sure you get your self down.

There’s going to be CD’s, T-shirts, merch, the lot!”

Tell me about your new single The Winds Of Change and how it came about?

“It’s hard to say where it came about but the song just came to me one day out of the blue and when I listen back now to lyrics, the structure and the rhythm I realise that somewhere along the line in my subconscious I have kept with the theme of change, hence the unusual time signatures and the and lyrical flow. The only way I can describe the meaning of the song is that it is a utopian dream, a song about hope for a better a future. I reckon If as a race if we could all collectively put our minds together we could generate enough hope to make for a brighter future. Which is of course in an ideal world but if none of us were to consider the idea of hope at all, then it Is hopeless. 

I have noticed that certain Authors, poets, songwriters and other artists portray dystopia in their work and how the world could be drastically change for the worst for example ‘Neil Young – After The Goldrush’ or ‘Orwell – 1984’ with ’The Winds Of Change’ I decided to view things from the other end of that spectrum.”more like ‘John Lennon – imagine’ kind of thing.”

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

“Not going to reveal too much like but if you liked my first single ’Leaving Tomorrow’ my next single is sort of sister song to ‘Leaving Tomorrow’ almost creating a bit of a subtle concept, but anyway most of all it’s gonna be groovy brother! That’s the main thing la.”

What’s coming up in 2020 for you?

19th March I’m playing in Studio 2 Parr Street supporting ‘Milo Seabird’  for a Mellowtone night, the EP launch at phase one 10th of April of course. Then I aim to get more gigs, bigger gigs, gigs outside of the city. New tracks a video release and working towards an album. Just gotta keep moving man!  Exciting stuff ahead folks keep your eyes and ears out.

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