Banff is the solo music project of Brisbane-based songwriter Benjamin Forbes. He makes beautiful dreamy indie-pop and is this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’ve been involved in various projects over the last 6 or so years that have covered a variety of styles from folk to surf rock, a bit of country and indie. I’d say my sound has developed from playing across all of these. As ‘BANFF' I tried to wipe the slate clean and started with throwing around a bunch of new sonic ideas that challenged what I was used to. Writing and recording in the studio was really good because I was able to focus on what ‘felt right’ without much interruption.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Influences from other artists. When I connect with something I love, it just sprouts so much inspiration. While writing the EP I listened to Midlakes album 'The Trials of Van Occupanther' a heap. Every time I listened there seemed to be some new sonic inspiration.
What can punters expect from a Banff live show?
Something genuine. Depending on the venue it can be stripped back to just me and the guitar, but I usually like to play as a 4 piece band and keep it simple and real.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My producer Tom Iansek helped me realise that writing music is much simpler than I was making it. He really stressed on doing what feels genuine and enjoy to it at the same time.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Into My Arms
. A heartbreakingly powerful love ballad
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Peter Allen - I Go To Rio
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw BIGSTRONGBRUTE
at The End in Brisbane a week ago. It was great. He reminded of Ben Folds.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are so many cool musical projects emerging out of Brisbane and they’re all inspiring me in some way. I have worked closely with good friend 'Machine Age
' recently and he’s really encouraged me to explore new experimental sort of stuff. Airling
, O'Little Sister
, James Angus & Meredith
are all great friends and artists out of Brisbane that continually inspire me.
What are your plans for 2015?
I have a run of shows supporting Montaigne
down the East Coast booked in April and plan to release my third single “All Again” and EP in June/July. I’ll tour that with my band and then jump head first back in to writing for the next release. I’m really looking forward to that.