"MUSIC ANSWERS THE UNANSWERABLE."
Ben Bateman (born in 1991) is a singer-songwriter from the North East of England. He grew up in a town called Stockton-on-Tees and he is still based there today. He describes having a happy childhood although out of the so-called norm. Unlike other kids his age, he spent his childhood traveling with his father all over Europe since his father was a long-distance truck driver. As a result of this unconventional life style, he developed his love for traveling and music simultaneously. His travels were accompanied by the soundtracks of great classic music, such as The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen among others. As a child, he was introverted and socializing was not his forte; hence, traveling and listening to music was his perfect escape. Up to this day, music provides Ben with the same excitement that he felt as a child.
At age nine, Ben received an Eminem CD, and this instilled in him a curiosity for lyric writing. He then started experimenting with this aspect of music and would write his own lyrics from rewriting verses from Eminem’s songs. Although this process was fascinating and equally difficult, his curiosity in lyric writing did not cease to exist. From lyric writing he moved on to learning how to play the guitar at around age 11. Shortly after, it was only natural for him to begin constructing his own songs in order to understand the complete process of songwriting. A curiosity for the creative process is what has shaped his artistic journey throughout the years. This curiosity is what drives Ben to continue to create music. He is fascinated by such a process, how an artist can conceive an idea and eventually conclude to a finished piece. Despite the fact that Ben has been writing songs for many years, the beginning of a new song offers him the basis for exploration and an exciting new journey.
Ben’s approach to creating music is one where he finds it important to not focus on the end result or the listener. Instead, he rather think that no one will hear his music and this helps him not to become overly analytical and judgmental during the initial writing process. Ben aims to maintain a level of openness and honesty with himself in order to convey true emotions to the listener. Whether the stories of his songs are true or not, the emotion intended must have been truthfully experienced at some point in his life. Ben’s music delivers a moment where you are transported to a tomorrow that has yet to exist…without inhibitions, without limitations. The recurrent sound of hope, the savoring of life. He strikes a chord where you never thought possible. A melancholic glance at endless possibilities, and like that, it came and went. And all that remains is that satisfaction of what you just heard, and you want it again.
Stay tuned, as Ben currently releases new music every month and has had several magazines and online reviews. He regularly plays in music festivals in the summer and has performed live acoustic sessions on BBC radio in the UK.