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Ben Burgess

Ben Burgess: Quickie 10

From the moment he was born, there was no doubt that Ben Burgess, the fireman’s son would eventually incorporate music into his life. His father, a singer-songwriter in his own right, was on a night off from the station, throwing back more than a few and playing music with his buddies when he got the call his wife was in labor. Without having chosen a name up to that point, the new parents chose Benjamin as an ode to his father’s tardiness because he had “been jammin” with the boys. Ben’s father spent his days off writing and playing music while his son spent his free time soaking up his father’s musical skills until he himself picked up a guitar and put a pen to paper… A storyteller by nature, Ben prolifically churned out songs representative of all genres and of his influences

1. Life motto:
You only live once

2. Did you have an imaginary friend growing up?

Yes, Albert.  We played Cowboys and Indians

3. I'm ready for:
Whatever

4. Worst actor of all time?
Me

5. Birthdate:
November 6

6. Any weird habits?
I stare at asses all day

7. How do you eat an Oreo?
Straight out of the box

8. If you were reincarnated who or what would you be?
I would be a stripper pole

9. The producers on your debut album range in style from pop to gangster rap.  How do you balance these influences with your unique sound?
I grew up listening to the Stones, Hendrix, UGK, Tupac and Outkastm it all depends on the mood I'm in that day...

10. When the Jonas Brothers recorded your song 'Chillin' in the Summertime', did you ever consider going the route of a songwriter instead of a performer?

I think of myself as a songwriters first, performers second.  But, I'll serve it however you take it

 

Interview by Kara Johnson