Interview: Ben Watt Shares His Latest + NYC & LA Shows

 

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Veteran music maker, DJ, author, and label-owner Ben Watt catches us up with his latest happenings as he prepares for a string of US shows to promote his upcoming album, Hendra. He’ll be playing Joe’s Pub in NYC on April 1 (sold out), Rough Trade in NYC on April 2, and The Echo in LA on April 4. You aren’t going to want to miss these!

Giant Step: It’s been over two decades since your debut album, North Marine Drive, came out in 1983 and over a decade since your last work with Everything But the Girl. What inspired you to get back into the studio for your own project?

Ben Watt: Instinct, mainly. After Everything But The Girl stopped in 2002, I focused on DJing and running my two labels Buzzin’ Fly and Strange Feeling Records for ten years, but I felt myself wanting to get back to words and writing again, not just beats and other people’s music. The first thing I did was write a new book – a memoir all about my parents’ lives and marriage that will be published by Bloomsbury in the US in June. (It has just come out here to great reviews, which is very heart-warming.) And then right after that I fell into songwriting again. It was perhaps triggered by the unexpected death of my half-sister, Jennie. She died just as I was finishing the book and it was a heavy blow. A lot of stuff just tumbled out.

Read the rest & get show details after the jump

Ben Watt at Cielo (NYC) – Tonight

Ben Watt returns to spin at Cielo tonight, for the first time in over a year. The other half of Everything But the Girl will be joined by Sleepy & Boo, the New York DJ team behind Basic NYC parties. Advanced ticket sales are closed, but tickets will be available at the door starting at 10pm.

Giant Step Presents Ben Watt at Cielo – October 22 & 23

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Every time Ben Watt (Buzzin’ Fly, UK) plays, it’s a night to remember- that’s why we are bringing him to you for TWO nights at Cielo, NYC.

Thursday and Friday 10/22 and 10/23
10pm-4am
21+ w/ID

Tickets and more Info

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