Interview – Ben Ottewell On Crowdfunding & Making Music As A Solo Artist

English singer and songwriter Ben Ottewell, known also as a member of award-winning English indie rock outfit Gomez, stopped by Music Feeds recently for a live streamed performance of his solo work.

While in the studio, Ottewell treated us to some tracks off his latest solo album Rattlebag – an album that came into fruition thanks in part to to fans who supported the record via an Indiegogo crowd funded campaign.

Ottewell described the crowdfunding experience as a really good one. “Doing the solo thing, it gave me a chance to open a line of communication with fans that wasn’t to do with the band,” he explained. “They kind of came through the recording with me, there were videos posted – I found it really good actually. Apart from the mailing.”

The album was written in a more condensed state than his solo debut Shapes & Shadows, within a six month time period, and was recorded in just five days, resulting, he says, in a “more coherent” record.

“Broadly I wanted it to sound somewhere between Led Zeppelin III and J.J. Cale. I don’t know if I managed that,” says Ottewell. “I want that Americana thing to come through, that I’m really into at the moment.”

Good news for fans too, Ottewell says he’s keen to make another Australian trek soon, maybe even next time with a three-piece band.

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