Ben Davis

  • MuzicNotez: First off, it’s an honor to be doing this interview with you Ben, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.
     

    What motivated you to start creating music? What age did you begin?

    • Ben Davis: I started singing at age 4; once I discovered my voice it was hard to shut me up! lol

      I began writing after many failed attempts at shows like American Idol and X-Factor, I didn’t want to be a product of a machine, so I decided to create my own music without the help of any major record label.

  • MuzicNotez: Who inspired you to sing or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?
    • Ben Davis: My late grandma Dorothy (inspired me and) was my biggest supporter. She passed away from Alzheimer’s but even after she had lost much of her memory, she could still remember the lyrics to all of Frank Sinatra’s songs. I realized then the healing power of music and how it reaches the depths of our souls.
  • MuzicNotez: Who were your musical influences, idols, or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the musician you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?
    • Ben Davis: Too many to list, but Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, The Beatles and the 80′s in general. It was an amazing decade of music.
  • MuzicNotez: What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a musician? Any particular message you wish to send?
  • MuzicNotez: What’s the greatest concert you’ve ever been to or performed?
    • Ben Davis: This past New Year’s Eve, I opened up for Katy Perry for a private event at Cesar’s Palace with the band the MVP’s. Not only did I get VIP access to watch Katy perform, but people were complimenting me on my performance at a Katy Perry concert. That was surreal.
  • MuzicNotez: How do you believe your diverse musical background and influences affect you as an artist?
    • Ben Davis: Well growing up with an African-American mother and Caucasian father I was exposed to all kinds of music. My mom loved the Motown, Funk and Soul and my dad was a Classic Rock and Pop guy. I think the mix is evident in my music which is Pop, but has a hint of that r&b funkiness.
  • MuzicNotez: You’re also well traveled, have your travels around the world influenced you? If so, which country influenced you the most?
    • Ben Davis: Yes, well I studied abroad in Spain, Germany and Costa Rica. Although I’m not Latino, I speak fluent Spanish. I plan to do Spanish versions of a few of my songs. Spain is my favorite country after the US and Spanish is definitely the language of love!
  • MuzicNotez: You have been performing worldwide with the LA Allstars for the last 3 years, what has that experience been like?
    • Ben Davis: It’s been amazing, I’ve had the opportunity to perform for private functions all over the world at some huge venues such as Austin City Limits, House of Blues, Club Nokia, and MGM Macau.

  • MuzicNotez: You’re releasing your second single ‘Mind Games’ February 25th. How does this compare to your nominated first single?
    • Ben Davis: Mind Games is way more fun, it’s a song you can dance to. I think a lot of independent artists, myself included, tend to take themselves too seriously. We want to release the song that shows off our voice or serious artistry and not necessarily the song that people want to sing along to or dance to. (Take Katy Perry for example, “I Kissed a Girl”, was a fun gimmicky pop song, but she couldn’t have released Firework without doing that song first!)
  • MuzicNotez: Working on anything new? What can we expect from you in the future?
    • Ben Davis: Yes, always writing. Including Mind Games, I will have only released 2 of the 7 songs off my EP. The plan is to release each song as a single and do a video for each, but we may release the entire EP by summer, so stay tuned!
  • MuzicNotez: Anything else you wish to say about yourself or your music? Any message for your fans?
    • Ben Davis: Message for my fans? Yeah tell all 4 of them, to write me! lol On a serious note, I love hearing how a song inspired someone or how they went through the same heartache as me. I sang my first single, “One More Day” at an Alzheimer’s event and dedicated it to my late grandma Dorothy. The song is about love and loss, but that doesn’t mean for only a boyfriend or girlfriend, that can be any friend or loved one that is lost. Many people were inspired that day and I was inspired to be a part of the Walk for Alzheimer’s too.
       

      And tell them to follow me @bendavismusik on both Twitter and Instagram

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