Interview: Ben Lee – ‘It’s Not About Psychedelics, It’s About Being Free To Think’
With the title referencing a traditional Amazonian psychoactive brew, Ben Lee’s latest record, Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work, is an attempt to bring the discussion of alternated states of consciousness to mainstream media and pop culture.
In some ways a bold move for Lee, who as a teenager first made his name off inoffensive pop songs, the now 34-year-old songwriter risks alienating a portion of his fan base in order to spread the message of Ayahuasca.
But as Lee explains his latest album isn’t necessarily about promoting Ayahuasca as much as it is about introducing unconventional perspectives into rigid patterns of behaviour. A cast member on the current season of reality tv show, The Voice, Lee is willing to take advantage of any platform available to talk about the possibilities of a freethinking society.
As for the record itself, …Welcome to the Work plays as largely instrumental, with Lee looking to temporarily turn his live’s shows into an inward reflection of meditation rather than an outward expression of gratification.
In keeping with the tone of the music, Lee is donating 100% of the album’s proceeds, split evenly between Amazon Conservation Team and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies