“What do you do?”
I’m a musician.
“Right. So . . . what do you do?”
Okay, fair question. No two music careers are the same. This beautiful, crazy profession I’m in comes in all shapes and sizes. From teaching to
gigging playing live at events; from the writing room to the studio; from music theory to music therapy, the church of musicians is broad.
“Right. So . . . what do you do?”
As I’ve set up Ben Trigg Music I’ve focussed on three major areas: live music, tuition and recording.
There’s one fairly straightforward reason for this: income. Teaching and live music have by far and away been the two biggest areas of income for me since I started out over a decade ago. I expect most musicians would be similar, whether they’re opera singers or jazz guitarists.
But what about recording? True, for me, it hasn’t been such a high earner as the other two areas, but it remains something I’m passionate about, and something I do for myself with my own songs etc. and which, if ever the opportunity comes up to record with someone else, I’ll jump at – whether as a producer or session musician (which is why I’ve stuck with the all-encompassing word ‘recording’).
Keep music live if you want to keep it alive.
Too cheesy? Yeah, it’s pretty bad. But it’s slightly true. No, it’s very true.
I supply bands for weddings, anniversaries and parties – from soloists to 7-piece function setups. You can read more about the whole process here, but in essence, with years of experience I’ve got it down to a tee to make sure every step is smooth for the clients and the event itself is enjoyable and goes down a storm.
You’ll usually find me on keyboards, or guitar, or sometimes bass, or if I’m really lucky, drums and/or percussion. And singing (with or without a microphone!).
Now you want to play music. Or maybe your guitar-hero son or shower-crooning daughter.
With a few private pupils already on the go plus some teaching in schools lined up, my diary is fast filling up – but it’s not full yet! Read more about the areas I can potentially cover here.
You’ll usually find me teaching piano or guitar, but I also enjoy the chance to teach music theory when I can, and even jazz theory, as I have with a few pupils in the past.
Once you’ve been inspired and learned your groove on an instrument, you may have an itch to record a demo of that song you wrote when you were sixteen. Or you may be an established songwriter, looking to put a full album out there – as were Jon and Emily Darby when I recorded their album with them in 2015.
I’ve got a tasty little mobile recording rig wherein I can record up to 8 channels simultaneously + MIDI, which was great when I needed to travel to record backing tracks with Ashanti Strings in 2012, and Florence McDonald, violinist, later that year.
Take a listen to a few samples on Soundcloud – everything you hear there was recorded and/or mixed by yours truly.
Here I am with my buddy Mark Pierce (left) at Revelator Recording Studio! You’ll usually find me using Logic Pro X with a controller keyboard, a guitar nearby and coffee. Or something a little stronger for the late night sessions.
But wait . . . there’s more!
One of the great things about being a musician is the breadth of things you can be doing at any one time to make a living. I’m also a songwriter for the church (find out more at bentrigg.co.uk) with a number of published songs under my belt, a couple of EPs selling and a bit of radio play too.
Then there’s all the extra bits. I’ve done notation, MIDI editing, orchestration, arrangement and transcription; I’ve been a repetiteur, an MD and a consultant. It’s always fun to see what’s around the corner in this job.
So, that’s what I do. Does that answer your question?