Benjamin Booker

Benjamin Booker
Benjamin Booker
  • Born: June 14, 1989
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist









Benjamin Booker is an American musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He cites The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson and T. Rex as influences. His music was described by the Chicago Tribune as "a raw brand of blues/boogie/soul,", by The Independent as "frenzied guitar-strumming and raw, soulful vocals that are hair-raising in intensity" and by SPIN as "bright, furious, explosive garage rock."

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As soon as I started writing the first batch, I had a vision. I saw me on stage playing a certain type of music. I want to take these blues melodies over aggressive guitars. I heard the sound I wanted to make. I knew what I wanted to do. It wasn't ever there before. Music, Chants & Rapps
Blind Willie Johnson is a pretty big vocal influence. He can be very harsh, like gargly, gruff vocals, but also just slip into some very delicate, vulnerable soft stuff. I like that combination.
Even when I interviewed bands, it was about asking them about writing songs, so it was more for me than anybody else.
Folk-punk artists like This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb or Paul Baribeau were popular in the Florida punk community. I saw people early on combine roots music with more aggressive music. Music, Chants & Rapps
I don't think I ever wanted to be a journalist - I was more interested in what comes from being a journalist.
I guess I would call my music 'blues punk.' There's a lot of influences. Music, Chants & Rapps
I was just a music lover who wondered what it would sound like if Otis Redding strapped on a guitar and played in a punk band. That's it. Music, Chants & Rapps
I went to school in Gainesville because it was a huge punk and folk town. So I went to class twice a week, and then I went to shows and wrote. I did a lot of music writing before I actually started playing music. Music, Chants & Rapps
In 2012, I started writing songs - not for the world to hear, but for certain people I needed to talk to. My family, we were not big communicators. I had a hard time talking to people in general. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting
I've been making music since I was 14, but for a while, I was afraid to perform. Music, Chants & Rapps
I've grown up on gospel and blues music, and now it's a huge part of who I am. Music, Chants & Rapps
Music helped me to get out of a rough period in my life when I really struggled to see any future for myself and was terrified about what was happening to the people around me. Life ;Future ;Music, Chants & Rapps
My grandfather learned to swim in the Navy by getting thrown off a boat into the ocean. He had to learn fast. And I think I learn pretty well under pressure.
My sister is an opera singer. I grew up going to her recitals. This whole time, I'm like, 'She's the singer. I'm just strumming along and yelling.' Time
New Orleans style is funky - it's just as experimental as the city. There aren't any rules. If you want to wear a polka-dot shirt and some crazy pants, you can get away with it there.
The time after college and before music was really rough. I couldn't afford food. I was eating bread and butter for five months. Living in New Orleans, I couldn't afford to take care of myself. I had no health insurance. Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
There are a lot of really good skills you get from doing journalism - it completely changed my world and how I interact with other people.