Chatterbox: Ben Gray

Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m originally from Richmond but i’ve lived right outside of Washington DC all my life and attended school there. Growing up around DC I think really impacted a lot of the work i’ve created. Like most cities, it’s a huge melting pot area. You’ve got people from all over the world with different stories and aspirations. Just growing up in that environment puts a whole new perspective on everything you do. At the same time, you have politicians and people who are really into politics. So come time for elections, its like a competition to see which group can put the most campaign signs on their lawn.

When I graduated high school, I went to college in Boston and ended up withdrawing after two years. I think by the end of my sophomore year I knew i’d overstayed my welcome in that city. But I had good experiences and met really interesting people. I ended up moving out to California for an summer internship in this dirt cheap awful apartment. There was no A/C, roaches in the kitchen, and the guy letting me sublet never told his landlord so i’d have to hide sometimes. But around that time I just fell in love with making music. Writing and making my own beats allowed me to say whatever I wanted to say. Nobody could tell me to reel it in or push myself further and that was comforting to me. After leaving California, I kept pursuing music and still am to this day. 

Where did the new single come from?

I had wrapped up a job at Cirque du Soleil and was really interested in making my music go in a new direction. Ever since I had started, I put out songs whenever I wanted to about anything I wanted to write about. So I wanted to create a project that pushed me. And I just remembered the absolute worst night of my life. It was one of those nights that is even worse when you remember it the next morning. I was 19 and had broken up with my girlfriend. It just ended up being a snowball effect the night we broke up and things kept piling onto one another.

So I sat down at my computer, booted up Ableton, and messed around with this idea of making songs about different times of the day. I then went back to all of those suppressed memories I had from that night and drew inspiration. Because I honestly believe everybody has had that one night where everything went awry and ended up being a train wreck. Except the train wreck is a ten car pile up on a highway and an airplane crashing directly into it all. 

Is there more content in the pipeline?

Absolutely. Both “Midnight” and “Noon” are on my soundcloud right now (free to download). “Dawn” and “Night” will be coming out very soon too. I’m collaborating with some awesome engineers and producers to create a finished product that sounds the way I want it to. I’d rather take my time than rush to throw it in everyones face. No matter the amount of people listening to my music, whether it be just one or thousands, I want it to reflect who I am and have great sounding quality. There’s nothing worse than listening to a song and getting the impression the artist didn’t care enough to get a good, clear finished product. 

What’s on the horizon for you?

Hopefully something fun. If I didn’t have a job right now, this may be the part where I put my resume. But I’ve been teaching myself guitar and piano for a few months with the hopes of incorporating real instruments in my future music. As of this moment, it’s mainly synths and such. I love teaching myself new hobbies though, so i’ve also been giving dance a shot. I think it would be dope to collaborate with other singers or rappers too. Theres some crazy good talent in and around DC that a lot of people overlook. But we’re all working hard and making sure we’re not being slept on for much longer. 


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