3+ years employment
Sound Man Extraordinaire
Q: So Ben, what music did you listen to when you were a kid, like before you could pick yourself? What was playing in your home?
BT: My dad used to listen to the Beatles, I remember that. Probably Rubber Soul and I remember listening to Chuck Mangione and Slim Goodbody. He was an informative performer for kids and he wore a full body unitard that showed the inside of his body. I saw him perform in Oakland when I was a kid, my mom took me.
What was the first music that really struck you and made you a big music lover?
George Gershwin "An American in Paris" and "Rhapsody in Blue" and Led Zeppelin. Those were the first tapes that I ever listened to that I remember. My brother turned me on to Houses of the Holy.
What's the first instrument you picked up? Whatall do you play now?
Piano. That was the first thing. My mom made me take lessons when I was 5. I didn't learn the music and I just did it by ear cause I figured out how to do it like that.
Now, drums, guitar, keyboards, vibes, saxophone. Those are pretty much all the instruments I play on a regular basis.
What was the first live show you ever saw?
Slim Goodbody was the first show I remember but he didn't have a band or anything, so I guess the first live show I ever went to was the Dead. My brother took me to see the Grateful Dead and while I enjoyed the new experience I ended up falling asleep. I was a kid, I was 12 maybe.