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Ben Reel Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Ben Reel Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Answer:  Passionate, soulful, Deep, Heartfelt

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Answer:  Last year was busy the highlight was playing The Musiktan festival in Bilbao, Spain

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Answer:  Land Of Escape is the new album, It is been received well by the critics

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Answer: It is taken from the first line of the the first song Landscapes.  

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Answer:  Yes I write all the songs

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Answer:   I think the whole album is about escapism. I have a wide range of influences which merge into something that is uniqely mine. I don't want to dwell on influences as it deflects the listener into comparisions. It is what it is.

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Answer:  The last record was Rock n Roll, blues style while the new album is more ambient alt folk vibe

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Answer:  Soldier of Love is a big sounding almost Phil Spector – Beatles production. It was hard to get right in the mix but Im happy with the outcome.

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Answer: Not sure yet maybe 'Some Mercy' or ' Fields Of Dreams' as a summer single

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer:  No favourite in particular but I would like to record in future with my whole band live.

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Answer: Yes , lots of fans have told me my music has helped them through hard times in their lives, whether losing a loved one. A dutch fan had my song Raise Your Glass played at his fathers funeral and it was also played at an Irish funeral, I do melancholy good

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer:  People like Springsteen, Neil Young, Dylan, Bob Marley. My mothers side had the singers and my fathers side the poets.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

Answer:  I'm afraid of whats happening because the kids are not into Rock n Roll, there are too many other distractions. We need another Nirvana to blow the shit apart but I can't see it coming as the kids are to dumbed down these days. Its the age of mediocrity hence Ed Sheeran etc. Thats the way the major labels like it now , shallow harmless love songs for the masses.

Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Answer:  We need more diversity in the mainstream. We need Rock nroll heroes like I had growing up who actually can play and sing without autotune

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Answer:  I like touring but then I also like getting home and locking myself away to record. Definitely not interviews lol

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

Answer:  well I think my new album is beyond my comfort zone, I always try to make a different record although I know I haven't reinvented the wheel.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Answer:  Seeing Bruce Springsteen at Slane in 1985 when I was 13 yrs old

Lamitschka:  What drives you?

Answer:  I can't go back now and Its too late to stop now as Van Morrison once said

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Answer:  I like to chill out at home with Julieanne with a bottle of red. I also like to play football.

Lamitschka:  Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Answer: Yes , I would have liked to have been a professional footballer. Too late now I'm afraid.

Lamitschka:  What hopes and desires do you have?

Answer:  Just to continue making a living at what I'm doing and bringing it to a higher level and bigger audience

Lamitschka:  What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?

Answer:  In this business I have had a lot of knock backs, but I have a thick skin and I am very stubborn. Oh not becoming a professional footballer lol

Lamitschka:  Many European fans travel to the United States to attend the several of the music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?

Answer:  Well I will be in Nashville in Sept 2018. And I will be back in Netherlands and Germany in November

Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?

Answer:  LA, Japan

Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Answer:  www.benreel.com

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de ) for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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