You may have seen and heard him as a guitarist with Ira Losco, Brooke, and Matthew James for the past few years or as a frontman with local blues band ‘Vinyl Paradise’.
Now get ready to see another side of Ben Bailey as he makes his solo debut with ‘Candles’ which is the first release off his debut EP titled ‘Better Days’ which is set to be released this Saturday 12th of September.
Ben tells us ‘’ This track is about the desire to carve my own path in life by doing things differently to others, and the hyper-awareness of time passing that this sort of ambition gives me. It also highlights that though one will be subject to loneliness, fear, and ostracization when attempting to break new ground or have their own voice be heard, there is comfort in the potential creativity and beauty that can come out of the endeavour.’’
‘Candles’ has been released on local airwaves and the music video has just been officially unveiled. Bailey is a one man show on this solo journey as has been creatively portrayed in the music video. He writes his own music, produces, sings, and plays all the instruments himself.
Throughout the years, Ben has always worked on his craft as a musician and singer/songwriter, however, after waiting for a year to find a producer available to work on his original material and ultimately having to delay his releases, he decided to take his skills up a notch and learn to produce himself. In the last 2 years, he produced and released the first 2 tracks for his band ‘Vinyl Paradise’, which led them to being nominated as ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ at the 2020 Malta Music Awards.
2020 wreaked havoc on the music scene with the vast majority of events being cancelled, however, if you look close enough, there is always a silver lining. Spending the past few months on lockdown meant that Ben could focus his energy on writing and producing; the perfect time to start working on a solo EP, which will be released on the 12th September titled ‘Better Days’ – featuring this newly released debut single ‘Candles’.
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