Music Gear News
Plan B's boyband break
Plan B started off his musical career writing for a boyband.
The soul and hip hop star started in music aged 11 when he wrote a song for his friends after they formed a band at school called E7.
He explained: "I think from age 11 I attempted writing my first song. A group of friends of mine were just starting a boyband up called E7 because East 17 had just had a hit with 'Stay Another Day' so I was like, 'Oh I'll write for you'.
"I was 10 or 11 I remember going home and writing them a song. I didn't have any music or anything.
"I don't remember what it was about, but that was my first attempt and I knew I could do from that age.
"Then I was at school and I stopped playing football and started getting into girls and music, that just took over."
The singer - real name Ben Drew -also talked about how growing up with an eclectic musical background helped develop his all encompassing attitude to making music.
He said: "When I grew up, there were lots of different types of people - you had the grungers, the metallers then the jungle fans and the garage fans, I never stuck to one type of music.
"Michael Jackson was first, then it was The Prodigy then, with where I come from in Forest Gate, in East London, jungle was big, then I was into stuff like Radiohead and Tracy Chapman."
Ben also added that the biggest focus for him now is to tell good stories.
Speaking on Britain's Radio1, he added: "I don't discriminate against music - I like it all. But first and foremost I'm a storyteller, and now the music is secondary and what's most important is that I'm telling stories."
Plan B's second album 'The Defamation of Strickland Banks' is available from April 12.Posted on 31 Mar 2010 16:30 to category : Band / Celebrity News
Related Music News
Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach Spills the Beans On His Less Than Complimentary Thoughts Towards Today's Rock Musicians and Their Work Ethic In the Studio
The prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction will be honouring several artists this year, including prog legends Yes. Rick Wakeman has stated that he will not be attending.
Laying the foundations for generations of artists to follow, the legendary musician Leonard Cohen has passed away from unspecified causes.
Stating it as more of a necessity for the band, M. Shadows highlights the importance of not stagnating and keeping things exciting
Cancelling his remaining shows in December due to ill health, fears arise over the guitar legends health
Verified by the guitarist himself, Slash's B.C Rich played a pivotal role in Guns N' Roses rise to fame
Recent Music News
With various different entries, Ibanez unleash a spectacular array of signature models to their NAMM 2017 line up
With extensive research conducted into how to make a kit that truly caters to the player and their specific needs, Pearl hit a home run with these one of a kind custom kits
A revamp of one of Ludwig's most popular snares, the Ludwig Black Beauty 14x8 projects classic tone and looks as good as the original
Mackie's Big Knob Studio Interface continues the legacy of its predecessors, championing various new features and exciting tech to reiterate its triumphant return.
Line 6's first ever artist designed guitar, the Shuriken personifies the aggressive and technical playing styles of metal enthusiasts around the world.
Building on the foundations of its predecessor the Prophet 08, the REV2 features a whole array of interesting and innovative additions to its format.