HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH BEN JAMES DONALDSON

Who is Ben James Donaldson? 
A Singer/Songwriter originally from Surrey who moved to London for inspiration and in hope of better opportunities.

If you had to describe your music using just five words, what would they be?
 Heartfelt and tongue in cheek!

Who are your biggest influences musically?
Ray Lamontagne,, Kings of Leon, The Cure, Noel Gallagher, Damien Rice, The Smiths and many more…

What’s your biggest claim to fame so far?
I played a small gig in Sloane Square back in April 2018 and the Hollywood actor Dennis Quaid happened to be watching me and afterwards he shook my hand and told me well done!

What’s your songwriting process?
I usually come up with a Melody line first and build the chord progression around that. Then when I have the structure of the song then the lyrics usually begin to flow.

If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
I think it would have to be Tom Grennan. This guy has so much energy and I love the rawness of his voice!

If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
hmmm...I think it would have to be Dave Grohl on drums, Johnny Marr on lead guitar, Flea on bass and Amy Winehouse on backing vocals!

How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
one man singing acoustic folk/pop rock songs who is not scared to share his life experiences!

Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
I
 always drink Yogi throat tea before doing a 15 minute vocal warm up. I am so rock n roll! After a gig the first thing I do is have a pint

What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
An our long deep tissue massage and an Indian take away. :)

If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist?
It would probably be Jump by the Pointer Sister... shhhhhh don’t tell anybody!

Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about you  
I used to have a really severe stammer and couldn’t even say my name until 2011 when I went on course called The Starfish Project and it literally changed my life!

If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
https://open.spotify.com/album/3FNRKcMFBGlFIuOE3sxqJL

www.soundcloud.com/ben-james-1

www.facebook.com/iambenjamesdonaldson

www.instagram.com/benjdmusic

Finally, What does the future hold for Ben James Donaldson?
Looking to release my 2nd EP by the end of 2018 and continue to play gigs around the UK. 

 

YOU CAN CATCH BEN JAMES DONALDSON AT ACKLAM VILLAGE MARKET ON THE 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018

 

 

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