Welcome to “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so we’re making this a permanent feature on the site. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.
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Next in the hot seat is New York City-based indie artist and producer Benta. We have not yet had the privilege to cover Benta here on the pages of Indie Minded, so it is great to get to know him. If you’re not familiar with Benta, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
I’m Benta; an artist and producer from NYC. I’ve been playing and making music since as early as I can remember. I started my first rock band when I was 12, and had a nice run through my teenage years, signed to various label and management deals. Now, I work mostly in the electronic realm, typically producing everything from the ground up in my studio and trying to stay as sonically analog as possible.
As an artist, how do you define success?
Success is achieving a certain confidence and state of satisfaction upon making, playing and sharing one’s art. Feeling like I’m becoming better with each production and achieving an ever growing mastery of my gear, both in the studio and live, provides me with such an incredible sense of personal satisfaction. Having others react in a positive way to the hours and hours of work put into my art is beyond blissful and the purest form of “success.”
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
A couple of things- First, there has historically been some nonsense in the people that I’ve dealt with in the industry. They’ll tell you one thing to your face and make you believe certain things about where you were going next, only to become MIA the second you walk out the door. So I wish some of the people were more real and blunt. Secondly, I’ve never been great at social media, so in an age where it’s such an important part of building an artist’s career, I’m still trying to figure out how to make it work for me and the things I do.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Wow, tough one. Probably a song I haven’t even written yet… But if it’s one I have, it’d be “The Radio” from my debut EP, Noir.
We don’t have that one handy, how about the new one, “Road With Seven Lanes.”
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
My music is tremendously influenced by two things: 1) great melodies and 2) great production. My melodic influences come from Coldplay, The Beatles, and then some newer acts like London Grammar, James Blake and Banks. My production influences come from Timbaland, Sohn, Kanye West and Moderat to name a few.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I have a somewhat bifurcated life. Music and my artistry is my “nighttime” persona. But by day I’ve got another one. I kind of like it that way. Keeps it interesting. I get a tremendous amount of inspiration from traveling and actually being away from the studio.