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Jake Benjamin Talks NYC as He Gears Up for Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
Dec 9, 2019 @ 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Jake Benjamin has been keeping us on our toes with his brilliant brand of music he is bringing to the world. His latest single “Bound to You,” has brought us into Fall with a cozy, vibrant and atmospheric vibe. Ready to release more music before the end of the year, and rumor is, as we head into 2020, Jake Benjamin shows no sign of stopping as he goes full steam ahead. Next month in December 9 he will be taking the stage at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 for a night that you will not soon forget.
Having the honor to catch up with the buzzing New York area artist, we sat down with Jake for a pre-show interview as we head into the weeks ahead.
With an upcoming show at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, is this your first time playing the noted venue on the 2nd stage? If so, what are you looking forward to the most?
This will actually be my second time on Stage 2 at Rockwood. I have played on that lovely stage in July for my birthday. It is always such a treat to play on that stage and to work with the staff again is just an incredible opportunity.
What is the premise for the night? Any surprises?
Well this will be a release show for my new single “4 Hours,” which I’m super excited to release into people’s ears. I think this show will feature what I’m aiming to do for this record project I’ve been pursuing over the past year before the band and I head into the studio.
Can we expect any new songs at the show?
Oh yeah. I’ve spent the summer and fall writing new material tailored to this album concept and I am super thrilled to share some of this in a live setting.
What are you looking forward to the most for the evening?
This’ll be my first show back after taking most of the fall season off so I’m just excited to play again with such incredible musicians and showing my musical progress to the listeners.
How do you take the songs from the studio and craft them onto the stage? Is there any special process, or is it straightforward?
I do make some edits that are different on the stage versus what they are in the studio. I try to derive my live performances from my loop pedal arrangements, but I also stay true to what the listener would hear in the studio.
When on stage, what do you love the most about performing?
I get pretty deep into my performing. There’s always a sense of being invested in the stories I tell and to get in touch with those emotions is something I value the most being an artist.
Do you have any pre-show rituals you’d like to share? What is the typical show-day for you?
Breathing is probably the most important one. If I start with focusing on my breath and activating my support, my singing all falls into place. Also, making sure I eat dinner is another one. There have been shows where I will forget to eat and I almost passed out on stage last year.
Can we expect more East Coast dates later this year? New York loves you!
This will actually be my last show of 2019 before my band and I head into the studio to record this album. You can expect more shows from me going into the spring!
Find more Jake Benjamin at :www.jakebenjaminmusic.com