Ben Kidson

FRESH: ‘(When I) Runaway’ – Ben Kidson

This is what Ben Kidson does “(When I) Runaway”

Ben Kidson is a self- made ‘Punk Pop’ man. Combining pop and punk is no easy feat. Arguably, the two are mutually exclusive. This hasn’t stopped Ben Kidson, though. An indie and punk fan who at a young age was enlisted as a writer by a major label, Ben was just as alienated by the restrictions of the pop scene as he was by the ‘self-righteous’ attitude of the punk scene.

Isolating himself from both, he sought out a ‘new sound’ by hiding away in an airBnB in Appledore, Devon. Emerging from this isolation, he brought with him a new set of songs, trying to combine the distortion and de-tuned guitar sound of punk with pop choruses and drum sounds. Since the self-release of his first single, Ben has racked up over 200,000 streams on Spotify alone.

His music has been played in BBC’s ‘Killing Eve’, and ITV’s ‘Sticks & Stones’, as well has having his song ‘Money’ used as the soundtrack to skincare brand The INKEY List’s ‘Knowledge is Your Power’ campaign. Ben’s latest single, “(When I) Runaway”, has just been released and is a perfect slice of brighteness and energy which stops and starts. There are moments of intimacy and moments of musical joy. See your yourself…

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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!