Ben Carow – Adventure Into The Distance
ARTIST NAME: Ben Carow
SONG TITLE: Adventure Into The Distance
ALBUM TITLE: Caster Out
RELEASE DATE: 8-24-2018
Share your life story with us.
At 2 years old, I started playing piano and I remember hating to practice up until I was about 8 to 10 years old, at which point I became enthralled with the idea of becoming a film composer.
At about 13 years old, I began learning as much about audio engineering as I possibly could and found myself capable of turning my musical ideas into a good-sounding audio file.
Within 10 years, I learned everything from composing and recording to mixing and mastering.
Along the way, of course, I’ve played with a few bands and performed a number of times.
Finally, I built my own home recording studio with everything from plenty of various rackmount equipment to a Behringer Xenyx Mixer Board and a few nice mics, a guitar and bass, and two separate 61-key MK-II midi controller keyboards, alongside studio monitors and countless virtual instrument and audio dynamics/effects plugins.
Along the way, we have some serious struggles though. I’ve lived through seeing my own mom have a stroke, I’ve lived through numerous serious car crashes, and plenty of other heartbreak stories I could go on and on about.
Regardless, I’ve always found strength and joy in music and, to this day, play the piano every day for at least 1-2 hours.
I managed to publish myself on numerous streaming platforms and find artists to create…of which I have come to care about very deeply. Her name is Alexis – sweet, intelligent, kind, and funny. She is quite a catch and I am truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to get to know this beautiful woman with such a huge heart.
My life has seen good and bad days and both have been learning experiences.
Having learned piano by ear, music theory was something I had to study in a more structured fashion. And to this day, I thank my parents for introducing me to music. I’ve been truly blessed.
Share your recent musical projects.
I have been emailed by fans asking me to write music for weddings and have become a local staple for composers in the area.
Music Gorilla has given me an opportunity to really put myself out there for filmmakers to see what I’ve got.
List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.
My parents, Staci and Brad, alongside my stepfather Dom and my brother Sam are a few amongst too many to begin to mention that have supported me in my passion and have given me the drive to never give up. I am eternally grateful for that.
Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.
My experience recording in the studio is usually very focused and passionate. Logical and creative. Careful and reckless.
As something that I find therapeutic, audio engineering and composing keep both my emotions and thoughts in check.
Discuss your songwriting.
My songwriting process is fun because I use a separate structure for each song.
Each time I sit down and pull out chord changes I’ve been working on, I feel that a unique fingerprint for each song is important for any given song to be its own.
Elaborate on your future projects.
My future projects are going to be something unlike anything else I’ve been making.
I’m working on a jazz/metal fusion style unique to my production.
I’m also continuing to compose more jazz and neo-classical. So stay tuned!
Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.
I usually post about my music on Instagram and my personal Facebook page. This is something I do need help with.
Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career.
One time, shortly after I ended a relationship with a cheating girlfriend, I became very depressed and decided to take a break from music.
That break, funny enough, only lasted about one and a half months before my musical inspiration came back full force and stronger than ever.
Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.
My instrumentation should complement itself in that each instrument part should complement every other.
And when I make a song I carve out ear-space for a melody, which in most cases is structured in a “question and answer” manner so that the listener stays engaged.
State your favorite genre of music.
I love it all but if I had to choose a favorite, I would say whatever genre category the artist “Haywyre” falls under. It’s some sort of jazz/electronic fusion.
Tell us the theme of most of your songs.
The themes of most of my songs are an artistic manifestation of emotions that tell a story most could relate to.
Elaborate on this song.
While composing this piece, I thought to myself, “How can I embody the sound of suspense with a sad undertone?” I answered that question in the best way I possibly could.
Discuss digital distribution and streaming.
I believe digital distribution and streaming is where everything is headed within the next 5-10 years.
It’s become the easiest way to find a song and hear it or find artists similar to those you love to listen to the most. I’m all for it.
Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.
SEO, Ad space, social media marketing, and word of mouth, combined together, create a great platform for increasing your revenue. The keyword is ‘exposure.’
Tell us your opinion on self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music.
Self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music both have their perks.
As someone who was primarily self-trained, I can say that being self-taught fosters creativity and problem-solving.
The educational institution setting is great for learning the theory and a more specific appreciation for theory.
Having experienced both, I can say both work well together, whereas, with only one of the two, you’re missing out on certain things the other may teach you.
Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.
A “hit” is something relatable to the common ear – something that catches the majority’s attention, perhaps.
In some cases, that means following a specific structure, and in other cases that can mean how you decide to place your guitar solo on a track.
It’s really quite ambiguous, as far as “how” a hit song is a hit song.
For me, it means something capable of capturing the ears of the masses – making something new and different.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Well, I happen to use my birth name on my tracks. However, I have been considering a few artist names I’ve come up with.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
The track, “Adventure into the Distance” was written to portray the suspenseful and sad undertones associated with the title.
The meaning of the title should come from how the track sounds, in my opinion.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
“Casted Out” represents a set of tracks with various titles all sharing a common theme; being ‘casted out’ of what we would expect to hear from a neo-classical artist of my generation.