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Interview with Ben Freidkin: I don’t feel like I’m good at delivering an emotion on demand: Video

Interview with jazz drummer Ben Freidkin. An interview by email in writing. 

JazzBluesNews.com: – First, let’s start out with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music.  How exactly did your adventure take off? 

Ben Freidkin: – Big question! I grew up in Herzliya, Israel. Ever since I was born music has been around me. My parents are classical music fans and have made sure to take me to concerts from a young age. I also used to have a Russian babysitter who exposed me to Russian music. I remember riding buses and taking taxis and hearing Mizrahi music, which was becoming really popular at the time. When I was 6 years old I started playing classical piano. When I was 10 years old I started listening to hip hop. When I was 14 years old I started drumming and got into funk and fusion. When I was 18 years old I had a friend who got me into rock, I later joined a rock band. When I was 21 I went to music school and started getting deep into bebop and modern jazz and then later into Brazilian and Cuban music.

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At first music was a hobby for me. At ages 18 and 21 I had to make some choices and I just couldn’t let it go. Without noticing it became the most important thing in my life that I’m most passionate about and brings me the most joy.

JBN: – How has your sound evolved over time? What have you been doing to find and develop your own sound?

BF: – I started playing on electronic drums and have been playing them for the first 4 years as a drummer. Those were made of plastic so obviously when I got a real drum set I had a lot of adapting to do. Also, I used to play rock and funk which are relatively louder genres and when I started studying jazz I had to learn to play in an acoustic environment, that is, softer. With each new drummer or artist that inspire me I feel like my sound changes and evolves. I feel like as much as I try to sound like others I still sound like myself so I don’t put too much effort into trying to sound like myself.

JBN: – What routine practices or exercises have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical proficiency, in terms of both rhythm and harmony?

BF: – When I comes to composition the piano is my main instrument. I find it most helpful to learn and study pieces of music that I like. In the past 2 years I’ve transcribed more than 30 pieces that I like and tried to learn from each one and incorporate elements from it in my own writing.

When it comes to rhythm and drums that’s a very long answer to give and a very long and deep journey that I’m on. I might publish some material on it in the near future so stay tuned.

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JBN: – In your opinion, what’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?

BF: – That’s a hard one. I think there is no 1 right answer. Different people have their own balance and there is enough room in the world for all types of music. It also depends on the mood; sometimes I’m drawn more towards the intellectual side of music and sometimes more towards the soulful one.

JBN: – There’s a two-way relationship between audience and artist; are you okay with delivering people the emotion they long for?

BF: – I don’t feel like I’m good at delivering an emotion on demand. I’m trying to get better at expressing myself which might mean a different emotion depending on how I’m feeling at the moment. People who care about expression will hopefully enjoy my show.

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JBN: – Whom do you find yourself listening to these days?

BF: – In the past week or two I’ve been going back and listening to Chick Corea and Kenny Garrett records that I love. Both artists are a huge source of inspiration for me.

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