Chatterbox: Ben Thompsøn

Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a producer and vocalist from Portland, Maine. My sister Libby has been singing and playing guitar and piano ever since I can remember, but I personally never did anything musical until my freshman year of college, where I started to learn music production and mixing and mastering tips from Youtube videos and began rapping and singing over my own instrumentals. I started producing songs for my sister to sing over as well, and we soon released our first collaborative EP entitled h(E)l(P).

Since then, I’ve released two solo EP’s (The Gateway & The Gateway 2), two full length albums (Kaleidoscope Dreaming & BRKN RCRD), and another collaborative EP with my sister called So Far Gone: The Mixtape. I’ve always been a very emotional person, and until I discovered my passion for music, I never really had an outlet for expressing how I feel about certain things. Music has also helped me with my anxiety and depression, as it allows me to talk about certain things going on in my head that I wouldn’t normally feel comfortable telling people about. All in all, I really just enjoy creating and sharing my creations with the world in the hopes that they can somehow help someone who might feel the same way that I do, and help them to know that they aren’t alone.

Where did the new single come from?

So I’ve been working on a new album since pretty much the moment my last album BRKN RCRD was released; I don’t really ever allow myself to stop making music or stop creating or I begin to feel stagnant. Anyways, as I have recently been putting the finishing touches on songs for the album and essentially being done with the creative aspect of the album while waiting on visuals to be finished, I still found myself inspired to make more music. I’ve been listening to a lot of Blackbear lately, and this song was very much inspired by a lot of his stuff that i’ve been listening to, which I think you can definitely hear in the way that I manipulated my vocals throughout the track.

I set out wanting to create something with an upbeat, summer-type vibe to it, something that people would enjoy listening to on a road trip or just hanging out listening to music with their friends. My friend Ant and I were talking about how it’s somewhat strange the juxtaposition between the upbeat, happy instrumental and the lyrics which talk about me being very angry with a passive-aggressive partner in a relationship. I think as long as people get enjoyment from the song and can relate to the story in the lyrics, that’s all that matters to me.

Is there more content in the pipeline?

As I mentioned earlier, I am currently finishing up my third album, which is definitely the largest and most complex project that I’ve ever worked on. There are going to some wild visual aspects that go along with it created by my friends Rhys Eddy and Ant Wheeler, and the album itself is sonically very different than any other music that I have made in the past. I want to keep people engaged before that though, so I’m going to be releasing an EP called The Rude EP towards the end of May, with Rude! being the lead single off of that project.

What’s on the horizon for you?

I’m trying to put together some shows for this summer to showcase all of this new music that i’ve been working on, and towards the end of August, the collective that I am a part of called Block The Wind is going to be putting on our third annual Block The Wind Music & Arts Festival here in Portland. After that, my sister and I will most likely go live on a remote island off the coast of Florida and create an album from scratch. You know, something like what Childish Gambino did. Certainly keep an eye out for new music from me though, as I’m always creating!

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