Here is my interview with the Mexican independent rock site Indie Radio Rock:
See the full post here: http://www.indieradiorock.com/2016/03/ever-listened-to-ben-myers-give-new.html
(There is also a Spanish version on their site)
Good night Ben, Where do you get your inspiration from?
Dreams, memories, and feelings. I seem to have a wide range of emotions which follow me around... things that I've tried to ignore... but I end up diving head-first into these feelings. There's certainly a lot of anger and frustration present in my songs, but more than that it's the release that comes from freeing yourself of that anger, like finding spiritual enlightenment and rising above it all. Sex, beauty, and beautiful women are a huge influence on me as well, and not in a shallow way. There's something incredibly mystifying about women, and it usually comes from the ones that don't realize how mysterious they are.
Could you please name your musical influences?
There are so many... really way too many. All the greats. Some artists I currently connect to are David Bowie, New Order, The Smiths, Kate Bush, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Elliott Smith, and I'm also a huge Beatles fan, mostly John Lennon.
Do you have some future projects?
Yes, I'm currently recording a new album and I hope to have it done by the end of the summer. I've got 17 new songs demo'ed and a few recorded already. The album is going to be mostly acoustic guitar and piano with some percussive shakers and tambourine. The album sounds a lot darker than Daylight Moon. I think I've been in a good place personally and in my relationship to where I can express some hurts from years ago. Where Daylight Moon felt very dreamlike, this one feels much more real. It's a bit intimidating to follow up my last album because I always try to raise the bar higher. Hopefully I can achieve that here.
Will you be touring soon?
I haven't played a show in over a year and a half. I love performing, but I've been very disenchanted with the music scene in my area. People get more interested in what social circle your run with rather than the quality of your music. I've always been a loner. I think the best musicians are quiet people. I've watched too many good bands die out around here from social pressures. That being said, if I can get the money together, I'd like to tour in the region when I finish my next album.
Would you like to visit Mexico, and what have you heard about mexican audience?
Mexico looks absolutely beautiful and I would love to go! Some of my style tries to imitate a spanish/latin sound. It's such an intimate way of playing that I can only wonder at the sensuousness of the country. I'm sure the audiences would be great.
Please tell us about a song that means a lot to you, and why?
About 12 years ago I wrote and recorded a song to my Grandma shortly before she passed away of old age. The song was called "New Morning". It was a song about memories and cleansing your spirit. I've always thought it reminded me of "Do You Realize" by the Flaming Lips. No one on her side of the family was musical, and I think it puzzled everyone when I dropped out of college to make music. She really loved the song though!
We thank to Ben Myers for giving us the oportunity to listen to his music and his time! Don't forget to listen to his work and remember if you like it, let him know, he's really a nice guy.