Ben Upton

Full names and any nicknames:

 

Ben Upton.

Band Role:

 

Guitarist, backing vocalist.

Do you do anything else for the band besides playing in the band:

 

Producer/studio engineer for all of our recorded songs/projects.

 

Favorite quote:

 

“You develop a style when you fail to sound exactly like the person you wanna sound like” - John Mayer.

 

Your top 3 favorite bands or musicians?

 

John Mayer, Periphery, Monuments.

 

What are your favorite styles of music?

 

I vary between Blues/Rock Country to Heavy metal.

What other instruments do you play?

 

I can play Bass, Keyboard/Piano, Drums and Acoustic/Electric guitar.

What are your credentials/education/experience, for doing what you do in the band?

 

I have studied music for the past 6 years and have been playing and producing music for the past 3-4 years. I also run the studio as a business and have clients in for all different genres of music

 

Give a short account of something funny or embarrassing that has happened to you in your life.

 

I once shaved my head and my parents bought me striped pajamas as they thought I looked like the main character from the film “Boy In Striped Pyjamas”

 

Why are you so passionate about what you do for the band?

 

I believe in what we produce and what our ethos is, and want us to go far as we all are so passionate about why we want to be in this band and make a living from it.

 

Is there anything else that you are passionate about in life?

 

Running my studio.

 

What other musical activities are you involved in besides the band?

 

I am also a solo Americana Singer/Songwriter.

 

Who is your hero or main influence?

 

John Mayer.

 

What do you like about being a part of Solve The Nodus?

 

The fact that we all just enjoy what we create/play and have fun while doing it.

 

What’s your background and what experience helped or encouraged you to become a musician?

 

I only really paid attention to music about 3 / 4 years ago, and from then became obsessed with everything to do with it. Listening to my influences and wanting to know why everything sounds the way it does, and how to do it sparked my interest in building my own studio.

 

What are the values that drive you?

 

Being true to yourself and having fun while doing so. The last thing I want to do is ‘Sell Out’.

What do you enjoy doing (hobbies/sport) when you are not gigging or rehearsing?

 

I game regularly and enjoy the hot tub we are at home to relax.

 

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time as an individual?

 

I would like to be earning all of my income from running the studio and producing other bands, including Nodus.

 

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time as part of the band?

 

I would like to see us touring regularly and earning money from the things we love to do - which is creating music for all of our fans.  

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