English singer-songwriter Benjamin ’Ben’ Ottewell is one of the three lead singers of the English indie rock band Gomez.
English singer-songwriter Benjamin ’Ben’ Ottewell is one of the three lead singers of the English indie rock band Gomez.

Listen to Gomez but without the ‘other guys’

ENGLISH singer songwriter Ben Ottewell (Gomez) will be showing off music from his upcoming album at Mullum Music festival later this month.

We had a chat to the musician ahead of his visit to the Northern Rivers.

What can Mullum audiences expect of your gig?

Like Fleetwood Mac playing Tusk, full marching band and huge warring egos. Not really, just me and a guitar and a bunch of tunes. I play a few Gomez songs, some solo, couple of covers and some new material.

How would you describe your music?

Peak District, Southern Gothic infused British Americana. Bit like Gomez without the other guys and the bleeps and beats.

Are you up for some impromptu musical collaborations during the festival?

Definitely up for some kind of collaboration, although me outlining some plan here might work against the 'impromptu' element. Not sure about jumping on a piano, don't fancy its chances.

How different is this phase of your career to, let's say, the Gomez years?

It's hugely different: travelling alone, playing alone, being the boss, etc. I enjoy it more in some respects and less in others. The dynamic of the live situation is probably the most striking difference - there's no where to hide in a solo show.

How's the new record coming along?

I'm currently writing a new record which is going great, about two-thirds of the way there and the songs are really coming together.



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