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July 25, 2014 A - B - C, Existing Artist Tips No Comments

  • After picking up the guitar at 14, BNE (Benjamin Hawthorne) joined band after band, resulting in two years of studio experience with Guy Chambers and two no.1’s in Asia.

    BNE continued to work on his own songs and over the past couple of years has built up a strong reputation for his own studio, gaining clients and builing up his library of quality pop tracks. In December 2013 he moved to London and is currently writing and recording tracks for clients around the world, it’s the start of what is promising to be a long and successful journey as a songwriter and producer.


  • www.soundcloud.com/bnemusic 


  • What are your top three or more tips for new or emerging talent to stay afloat long term? 
    1 ) My first tip, would be to start how you mean to carry on, Professional. For example, If you set up a band page on Facebook, ensure your first band photo looks professional and by a professional photographer or artist. Any music you upload, ensure it sounds great and capture the listener to want to keep an eye on your in the future. The more professional you come across, the more professional the industry and audience will treat you. 
    2 ) Keep networking. Talk about everyday things which are happening around you as they will effect your fans and audience and this will help you find common ground. The more approachable you are, the more people will accept you. 
    3 ) Always be ahead of the trend. To grab an audience, you need them to find you different ( in a good way! ), and if they can’t get what you have to offer anywhere else, then they will always come back to you. This works for music, fashion, food, everything. 
    What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced? 
    The hardest music related experience Ive had to face was organising an Asia Tour for my old band “We Start Partys”. As you can imagine, you can;t just call someone up and book a full tour. 
    How did you get through or deal with it? 
    The first tour took 8 months to organise. I started by getting in touch with people and friends I know, asking for their help and if they knew any contacts which might be able to help. one friend had just spent 6 months in Bali and had spent most of her time hanging out with a local semi famous national band. She passed me on their managements details, and after getting in touch ( with a lot of chase up e-mails I will say ) , he got back to me. From there e-mails were passed from friend, to friend to friends of friends, and after a few months of late nights and early mornings, I had finally succeeded in grabbing the interest of a record label. They agreed that If i created enough Buzz for the band, they would take us on tour. So from there, I had to start looking into music channels and radio stations to play our songs and create this buzz. Two No.1’s and an album later, we were on tour in Asia! ( expenses paid! )
    What did you learn? 
    The main fundamental thing I learnt from this experience, is that everyone you ever speak to, are human. Don’t be too afraid to be friendly with contacts once you’ve exchanged a few e-mails. If you create a friendship, its something which is a lot harder to break than just someone who you speak to via e-mail. 
    What music related blog, book or documentary would you recommend to inspire someone and why? 
    I’ve always taken my inspiration from everything around me. Ive read multiple books, and watched many documentaries and live shows. For me, as a songwriter, the “Top Grossing 10 songs of all time” was a great watch. You’d never guess what sits at Number 1! 


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