Ben Davidson

INTERVIEW: Ben Davidson

An exclusive one-to-one with British singer Ben Davidson!

by Christopher Smith

With one album already behind him as well a number of superb singles, British singer Ben Davidson is focussing on what comes next – he has a brand new single “Anything” coming out at the end of this month. So as we’ve been following Ben’s footsteps, we thought it was about time we called him up and said “do you fancy a chat?”. Ben thankfully agreed but if he was expecting the usual how are you? and how’s your career going? questions, he was sadly mistaken! So what does Ben remember and what would Ben like to forget?! Read on…

TAPM: You are giving us some great new music but who are your musical influences?

BD: I adore Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson they write and produce their own songs. I love that. Queen, Elton John George Michael so many.

TAPM: So What was the last song you listened to?

BD: All this Time – Michelle McManus we’re performing together tonight lol

If you don’t remember Michelle, here she is…

TAPM: We love “The Chain” – tell us more about it…

BD: I heard the demo of “The Chain” and I loved the melody instantly I recorded it and sent my notes and turned the song into a real pop classic. It’s an AMAZING debut. I was so lucky. It’s from the writers of “Rise Like A Phoenix”!! Totally blown away at the success of it!

TAPM: What about Eurovision – would you ever get involved?

BD: No. I love Eurovision but it’s tainted and not about the song or artist for the UK now. It’s a shame as I’d rock it.

TAPM: We love knowing what the number one song in the charts was when people were born – what was yours?

BD: “Maneater” Hall and Oats 10th July 1983.

TAPM: Very precise Ben! So, tell us something embarrassing about yourself…

BD: I have walked on stage and fallen flat on my face.

TAPM: WOW! What’s your favourite song lyric from one of your songs and why?

BD: “No one knows me like you, you give me reason to keep believing” – because that kind of feeling and love is so rare makes me hopeful to find that one.

TAPM: And your favourite songs lyric ever?

“I’d give my all for one more night with you. Because we always want that”.

TAPM: Who is the Queen of pop?

BD: Mariah Carey

TAPM: and who is the King of pop?

BD: Michael Jackson

TAPM: So, what’s the plan for the rest of this year?

BD: Write, write, write! And record songs people relate to.

TAPM: And we can’t wait Ben!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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