From a recent radio interview with Ben Goddard…
You’re a very busy person with a huge amount of talent – tell us what you’ve done and what you do?
Thanks. That’s kind. Last year was super busy but super fun. I played festivals with Bastille, Sam Smith, Clean Bandit, London Grammar & Matt Corby. I then headlined a festival in my hometown to over 1000 people – The very next day I embarked on a 20-date UK tour of Uni’s for Coffee House Sessions (Coalition Talent and Huw Stephens) and since then I’ve been in the studio recording my debut EP. I’ve also written music for some TV shows that’ll be on the BBC this year!
I love creating things. I guess that’s what I do. I write songs and then perform them. When I see the crowd smiling, I know I’ve made something pretty special – Either that or they’re laughing because I’m flying low. Always check.
That sounds amazing! What inspired you to make music your life?
My parents grew up in an amazing generation of music and all their friends were in bands. I used to love the stories… My dad had his 18th birthday at a pub. A band was playing called Earth. After the show he invited the band back to his house to play again. People were passed out, the band played; there was rock and roll – A year later the band re-named themselves Black Sabbath. So cool. I too grew up around bands, and soon I was in one.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m recording my debut EP ‘Rondel’ which is going to be released in Oct 2014. I have a number of shows and showcases coming up in London, a few festivals and then maybe a tour in the fall. My plan is always to work hard, and have a good time doing it.
We heard your song The Sun Shines and don’t understand why you’re this good and unsigned?
(Ben laughs and smiles before thanking us and saying)
“When the time is right, it will happen.”
When Ben isn’t on the stage he works in studios writing for the BBC and his production & writing company – Square Ball Productions.
Ben Goddard has supported the likes of Nizlopi, Finley Quaye, Roddy Woomble of Idle Wild, Nick Howard, Andy Burrows of Razorlight, Ben Ottewell from Gomez and Sir Paul McCartney’s son James, amongst others. He’s played big festivals, small festivals and recorded a live session for BBC introducing.
He has a song on Aretha Franklin’s album (released in a national newspaper) and a sync with Creative to distribute a track on all of their MP3 players around the world.
In late 2012 his single remix for “Fallen For You” entered the iTunes Electronic charts at No. 61 completely unsigned.