Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Ben from Arable Desert to find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Me (Ben) and my drummer (Mel) met through work, we are both from London and I came up with the band name as when I was in LA I went to Joshua Tree Desert and I knew having desert in our band name would be cool and then I came up with arable which means you can grow stuff on it so its kinda like a idealistic desert that can be harvested etc.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up was very different as to now, when I was growing up I was really into punk rock bands such as The Descendants and Black Flag but now as I have got older I am much more influenced by the blues people such as Junior Kimborough, Muddy Waters, I’m also really influenced by blues rock and rock such as The Black Keys, Hanni El Khatib and early Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin and so on.
How would you describe your sound?
Simplistic, loud, passionate and retro.
What’s your local music scene like?
Really good, in London there are many promoters who are passionate about live music and do what they can to showcase new acts.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Over the next 12 months we are planning to record again and hopefully get onto the festival circuit and have a few London gigs lined up.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We had one funny story we had a gig at The Alleycat in Denmark Street London, we didn’t practice and it went terribly then we booked a gig there again and got the best feedback we ever had from a gig.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
That we love making music and playing music.
UPDATE: It was announced on 23rd January 2019 that Arable Desert are no longer and that Ben is now solo. More information here.