Music Genre: Rock
Other Genres: Alternative, Pop-Rock
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Unsigned artist TROUBLESHOOT, is the chosen artistic name for Ben Jones, hailing from York, North Yorkshire with the ultimate goal to be the “upbeat Lewis Capaldi!”. Heavily influenced by the classic 2000’2 Alternative, Pop-Punk, Pop Rock, and Americana Rock scenes, Ben tries to take lyrical and sonic influences from bands such as All Time Low, Blink 182, Jimmy eat World and The Killers, where songs are driven by punchy guitars and synth melodies engaged with catchy riffs and personal song writing that will get your mind wandering.
Benjamin Alexander Jones,
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I don’t feel like my music can be pinpointed into one genre, but I take bits of Alternative, Pop-Rock, Pop and bits of country too. My sound is driven by punchy guitars or synth riffs with a wave of rock drums.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
The name TROUBLESHOOT came to mind after a conversation with an ex work colleague. I’ve always loved computers and my day to day job is in the IT industry so I felt like it was an appropriate name.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Currently, my main influences come from Pop-Punk / Alternative bands such as All Time Low, Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, The Killers and the 1975 who are some of my biggest inspirations currently. But then I love listening to the lyrical content and story telling of solo artists such as John Mayer and Taylor Swift.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I am currently working on my debut album called “Better Days” which will feature 11 tracks. I have been working with some producers across the globe, some in America, Brazil and here in England.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I would be absolutely thrilled and over the moon if I could gain some real fans of my music, play a couple of shows and maybe one day play at a festival. After attending so many gigs and festivals myself, I would love to just have the opportunity to play some shows and make music that people relate to and enjoy.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I’ve not actually performed any of my own tracks live but I can’t wait to play my song I Remember and New York City live for the first time. They’re songs I feel would get the room bouncing because they’re super upbeat.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
I am an unsigned artist and doing all of my promo work myself is very challenging when you’re on a low budget and trying to reach out to new dedicated fans is a tricky task as a one man team.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
My typical songwriting process is to start with the music ideas and fit lyrics around the musical beat and see what I feel the musics’s story or message should be. The first thing I usually start with is either a simple drum beat or Synth / Pad sample off Splice and base a song around that using my acoustic/ electric guitar or midi keyboard then flesh out the song from there and add lyrics based on what I’m feeling the song should be about.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Twitter helps me to connect and share my music with other music lovers, musicians, bands and artists.
Instagram and Facebook help me to connect with my friends and family when I have music news
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
There’s a hometown Yorkshire artist called Twinnie that I’ve discovered recently, I especially love her song Whiplash, All Time Low will always be my favourite band so I have most of their songs on repeat like their old school classics Weightless and Six feet under the stars. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Machine Gun Kelly and Mod Suns new albums, Avril Lavigne is a queen for Pop Punk music.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I’d like to say that I’ve always been ‘making music’, I say that loosely as I was in school bands and it was just noise to be completely honest. But it’s fun! Aside of music I’m a day to day IT Engineer where currently music is just a hobby to wind down, be creative and release my thoughts on the world and life experiences I have had into a song.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Just have fun in making the music you make and don’t be driven by the numbers or money or record deals. If you don’t have fun and you aren’t happy with the music you make then what’s the point?
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would try and bring the industry back to what it should always be about….. The Music and artists / bands performing their music and having a good time.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Being original will help an artist to stand out from the rest and grow but I also think it’s important to make music that you love. If you want to write a rock album or Pop album then just do it. But don’t try to copy or imitate your favourite artists or bands because it takes the fun out of making your own music and making it your own.