Open Mic Night @ The Acoustic Cafe
“Ever since I was five I’ve always thought I’ll be a musician […] I don’t think I’d be happy doing anything else.”
Officially the youngest musician featured on this blog, is 17-year-old Ben (soon to be 18). Extremely talented, mature and articulate for his age, Ben recently moved from Sydney to Melbourne, despite the fact he doesn’t know anybody here… yet:
“There’s only one way to meet people in the music industry, and that’s to just put your name out there.”
Playing both covers and originals in the light rock/folk realm, I caught this singer/songwriter at his first Open Mic in Melbourne, where he blew everyone away with his musicianship and professionalism.
“I’ve moved down mostly for music but I’m doing Uni as well so I’ve got that as a back-up plan if music doesn’t go 100% for me.”
Although he is about to embark on a Computer Science course at Swinburne,
“Ever since I was five I’ve always thought I’ll be a musician. The chances of making it in the music industry are so low, but if I’m being completely honest I don’t think I’d be happy doing anything else.”
Speaking to other local musicians:
“The more unfamiliar environments you put yourself into, the more chances you have of meeting people. That’s what I’m trying to do at the moment.”
Encouraging people to come watch Open Mic nights:
“Even if you find just one piece of music that moves you, that’s all that really matters. If you’re in the room and you’re thinking there’s no place I’d rather be, then you’re obviously doing the right thing.”
Come along and watch Ben playing at the Acoustic Cafe most Thursdays.
Ben will be releasing an EP in the next few weeks so watch this space: www.benwilliam.bandcamp.com