Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with King’s Head Records label boss, Ben Wash. In addition to running one of the most unique label’s in the industry, Ben Wash just released his new EP, titled Snob Rock. Now, I’ve listened to just about every form of electronic music there is. Or at least, I thought I had. Snob Rock is a truly unique piece of art, which Ben describes as his version of “Grimy Punk” dance music.
How has where you lived and grown up shaped the type of music you listen to and choose to produce, if it has had any influence at all?
I think it’s more about the people I grew up with rather than where I grew up that influenced the music I make today. Some of the artists I have on my label are friends whom I’ve known for quite some time now. It’s friends like that and other family members who’ve introduced me to certain genres which have caught a particular interest in me.
You mention that you moved to Miami to experience a different perspective of music. Why Miami?
It wasn’t necessarily choosing Miami, that is, over any of the other cities which find themselves as hubs to the electronic dance music scene. It was choosing a more diverse city, while also making the transfer more convenient. Other cities across the nation like LA, Seattle, NYC, and Chicago could have also been valid places to start King’s Head Records. As our label’s music expands, the less I feel as if we’re based out of one area.
“Whatever number of people there may be dancing in front of the speakers, the effect is still the same. Anarchy and madness with a touch sentimental emotion”
Where do you pull inspiration from when met with writers block?
It’s difficult to say. I don’t have a set activity or “thing” to do when I’m stuck. I just either work through it or step back until I feel like I can continue again. There isn’t much more I can say to explain how I complete a project.
How long did it take you to develop your sound?
I’m still in the midst of developing my sound. Snob Rock is more of a rebellious bass, hitting a punk-like dance floor. Whatever number of people there may be dancing in front of the speakers, the effect is still the same. Anarchy and madness with a touch sentimental emotion. But if I continue talking about the Snob Rock sound, I may sound pretentious. Like I said, I’m still working on my own sound.
What do you mean by kick-starting King's Head Records?
Basically, I want this label to meet the masses due to the artists I have signed. They’re exposure is my satisfaction. I can’t predict what will happen with my artists or with King’s Head Records, I can only stay focused and pursue in a forward direction. It’s a cheesy and stupid statement, but what isn’t cheesy and stupid in the industry world?. Entertainment is Entertainment at the end of the day.
How has your sound changed from wolf to snob rock?
Greatly. I believe I’ve become more melodic with my music as well as more productive with the structure on each track. Before Wolf, none of my songs made any sense. A lot of songs I make today still don’t make sense, but at least I’m capable of making songs that do. Honestly though, I’m just happy if it makes sense to me.
You describe snob rock as a grimy punk version of dance music. What were your influences before you were into electronic?
Rock n Roll was a big part of my life before discovering a more electronic feel in music. That particular aspect has always stayed with me. But at the same time, there are so many genres that influence me everyday. I just can’t narrow them down to a small selection. It wasn’t until I started listening to Radiohead that I was fascinated with electronic music. That led to artists like Aphex Twin and Squarepusher which then led to the turntablism scene (DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, DJ Krush, etc.)
How long did it take for you to finish this EP? What tracks are you most excited about off of it?
The entire album was based off of new material (except for Summer Loss) so it’s fair to say that I’m excited for each track. I differentiated each one as much as possible without having the album sound scrambled. Tracks that I believe stood out more may have been the hard hitting ones like “Snob Rock”, “Fornicate to Perjury”, and “Give Me.” I always have fun making bangers, so it’s good to hear positive feedback from those tracks.
“But what isn’t cheesy and stupid in the industry world? Entertainment is Entertainment at the end of the day.”
What is your dream project, dream collaboration?
I would love to help write a score with Max Ritcher.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
I couldn’t say. But the most influential pieces of advice I have been given are from those who gave it to me too late.
So what unannounced projects are you working on?
I’m completing a collaboration EP called Yuppie with Treznik, as well as going back and forth with some potential singles that could lead into another bigger release.
What can we expect from you in the future?
More music, More shows, More everything.