Ben Harris-Hayes #MyMusicStory
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Ben Harris-Hayes, shares his music story and answers questions about making things work longterm.
More commonly known for his work as songwriter/frontman for English ‘progressive rock/metal’ band, ENOCHIAN THEORY (Mascot Records/AMF Publishing); Ben’s unique style of songwriting has been praised by respected artists such as Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), for his songwriting credits on the 3 full releases for the band to date.
Never contented to ‘enjoy’ one style of music, Ben has also released singles and E.P’s under various pseudonyms over the years, covering multiple genres and styles.
Currently, he is working on his full debut ‘prog rock’ album, alongside famed producer and renowned 5.1 mixer, Bruce Soord of the band,The Pineapple Thief, scheduled for release in late 2016/early 2017.
Ben is also working on various ‘non-rock’ projects, including his MASSIVE DYNAMIC electronica project, which has just released a new E.P and is currently in the deep end of a remix competition.
Finally, he is currently in the process of putting together his first film score for a new project.
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1. What are your top three tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term?
Keep what you’re doing interesting for yourself…that is key.
Challenge yourself with new genres, styles and ways of doing things.
If you’re used to working in your bedroom at a PC, try a new location recording with some microphones and a laptop.
If you’re a guitarist who is used to playing 3 chords in punk rock bands, learn some jazz or boost your music theory. Knowledge is power, after all…
I can honestly vouch for the perseverance of trying new things…and the doors it opens to you; not only personally, but professionally.
In summation…be true to yourself! And as the old adage goes, “Every dog has its day!”
2. What has been one of the toughest music / entertainment related experiences you’ve faced?
Expectation, both personal and that of record labels and established fan-bases.
I also feel that touring for long periods can be difficult to manage.
3. How did you get through this experience or deal with it?
Expectation is hard to gauge…everyone ALWAYS wants bigger and better than the previous time, so you can build up these ideas in your head…and when they do not work out, it can be quite tough.
I learnt to deal with it by accepting that what will be, will be.
There’s very little that you can control once your music is ‘out there’ in the public forum…so, learning to accept the rough with the smooth is vital and will make you more stoic!
The business aspect will always be what it is, tough and merciless…but if you can handle that you will feel better at the time.
4. What did you learn from this experience?
I learnt to just carry on working on what I wanted to work on, improving myself and doing what I wanted.
Setting goals and targets is great; but bear in mind that the chance of failure and not achieving what you feel you should, is an important thing to consider, too.
5. What music / entertainment related book, blog, film or documentary would you recommend to inspire someone and why?
Honestly, I’ve been inspired by people like Hans Zimmer and other huge names…yet I’ve been equally inspired by a girl playing an acoustic in a bar or a street busker, playing a Hang.
It takes a lot to get out there and do your thing…and in the cases mentioned above, these people have believed in themselves enough to stick to their guns and just do their thing.
If I can ever say anything about my experiences over the years…and that is to think clearly and do what YOU feel is right!