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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
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