Ben Noble

Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience. 

Ben Noble, United States. Born and raised in Denver, CO. I moved to Minneapolis, MN in 2009 for college and have been in Minneapolis ever since.

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Tell us your academic qualification. 

I have a Bachelor’s degree in music (and just finished paying off my students loans, suck it college).

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills. 

I have played music my whole life. I grew up playing saxophone, piano, guitar, drums; whatever I could get my hands on. I started recording my own music using a desktop computer mic and Windows Movie Maker (each overdub was played through the speakers into the same mic; imagine seeing my jaw drop when I discovered multi-tracking). I didn’t get serious about my music career until 2 years ago. I had a “real job” and eventually decided that if I wanted to make music actually happen I needed a big change; I quit my job and have been scraping along as a freelance musician (big shout out to my wife for her support!).

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

My music is Indie Folk with influences ranging from Bob Dylan to Radiohead. My song “Worldspin” was originally inspired by a line from a book called The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene. The line was talking about pride, calling it “the sin by which the angels fell”. It really stuck out to me. When you think about it, the root of most evil in the world is thinking you are better than someone.

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Tell us how to run a record label independently and successfully based on your experience as an artist. 

Work really hard but also decide on good goals before you start working. Any success I’ve had has come when I have strategically thought about something before working on it. As an independent musician it is helpful to assemble a team of people and play to their strengths. Know your limits so you can focus on what you are good at. More than anything you need to realize that you are the boss (after all, you are the one writing all the checks) and the ship doesn’t move without you.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music. 

I am playing shows regularly in Minneapolis and am looking to tour in 2018. I am also working with a publicist and we are blasting local radio and media outlets.

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Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad. 

What makes me happy: my wife and daughter, seeing people laugh, hugs, buying things, writing late at night with some nice whiskey. What makes me sad: assholes who are mean to other people, overcooked hash browns, a car mechanic telling you you’ll need to make more repairs than you thought.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song. 

As I said earlier, it is based off of a quote from a book. The root of almost all evil is pride: thinking you are better than someone. Later in the song there is a line that says: “You can play the fear, you can move the skies, and you can make the world spin however want with your crooked pride”. It goes on to say “it will haunt you at night”. I like the idea of mean, prideful people being haunted at night by things they do that they think they can get away with. I’m not a super-morbid person, but this is the emotion that this song was born from.

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List the radio stations, TV stations and blogs that have aired or featured your new song. 

The Current (Minneapolis), Root Cellar on KVSC Radio, City Pages (Minneapolis), MN Spin (streaming service).

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased. 

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/worldspin/1208656055?i=1208657060

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

“Worldspin” features my friends Hilary Ritchie (violin), Whitney Loher (viola), and Hunter Selg (cello). I recorded everything by myself in a cabin. Later I wrote string parts and recorded them in my basement.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

I have been writing and recording music for ten years. I’ve been getting more serious about putting out my own music as well as producing for other artists in the past two years. My goal for the future is to release a bunch of records, build a studio to produce others, and make a sustainable living off of a combination of the two.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others. 

I do my own producing, I am a half-time stay-at-home dad, I doubt myself a lot of the time (oh wait, that’s everyone).

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music. 

My weakness and strength is that I usually try to do everything myself. I am in no way a type-A person, but when it comes to my music, I’m a raging perfectionist. Everything has to be done my way. This helps because I can take an idea and see it all the way through but it hurts because it limits the input of other voices and it doesn’t always use other people’s strengths.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists. 

Holocene – Bon Iver

Death With Dignity – Sufjan Stevens

No Surprises – Radiohead

Was There Nothing? – Asgeir

Callow – Novo Amor

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Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label. 

If your music is deeply interwoven with who you are as a person, don’t sign with a major label (unless you feel like they get you). If you write meaningless pop tunes, go ahead (I’m not hating on pop, but yeah, take the money).

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Tell us the instruments put together in this song. 

There is a sea of acoustic guitar and vocal tracks, violin, viola, cello, a random box I used for percussion, and hand claps.

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Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music. 

I spend most of my non-music time with my wife and daughter. We listen to audiobooks, travel, bake cookies, and jump on trampolines whenever we get the chance. If I had an endless number of hours I would design and build my own house, learn to do a backflip, and learn to make donuts.

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Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time. 

I dealt with anxiety about singing in front of a large crowd for years. When it’s your music, it is hard not to equate people’s response with your identity and self-worth. The turning point for me was realizing that when you are the one singing, you are the one being vulnerable, which is way braver and badass than any critic standing safely and anonymously in the audience.

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Tell us the best way to make money in the music business. 

You have to spend money to make money. Invest in good gear and good musicians, work consistently, and try things that scare you. Also, learn to produce so that people will pay you because that is much quicker income than original music!

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Tell us your experience pertaining TV/Radio plugging. 

I have worked with a Minneapolis-based licensing company with limited success. The stars need to align to have any success but it is there for sure.

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Narrate your recording experience. 

This album was self-produced in a cabin, one mic for everything. It originated as a 6-song EP and I was ready to release it; after showing it to trusted sources I decided to start again and make it a full-length album.

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List your various works.

Debut album “Whisky Priest” released March 10, 2017.

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State links to connect you on social media.

www.bennoblemusic.com

www.instagram.com/bennoblemusic

 

www.facebook.com/bennoblemusic

 

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7ChhIWKSVrKcgqGnL7IxAG

 

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