Artist Spotlight

Ben Charles

Ben Charles

| Interview by Daniel Codella conducted on November 12, 2012.
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Ben Charles is a songwriter/producer writing chart topping tracks for hit TV shows. The music video for his track 'Watch Me' from the TV series 'Shake It Up' has over 95 million views on YouTube and was recently certified RIAA Gold. Ben reached out to us to let us know how much DrumCore has helped him write hit songs.


"Shake It up" has been a major success. How did you get involved with the series?

A number of executives at Disney had been listening to my music for 5 or 6 years prior to placing my first song in Shake It Up. Then, when Shake It Up came along, I was ready to roll with some cool new songs that happened to fit the series perfectly!


What are you goals when you start to write music for the series?

Shake It Up has lots of dancing, so my goal is to make beats that I think people are going to enjoy dancing to! I like making music that's fun for everyone listening!


How did you get into music professionally?

I knew I wanted to make the arts my career for as long as I can remember. (I'm also a filmmaker and actor.) Music and the arts have always been a part of me, so in high school and college I started writing songs - hundreds of them! After college, I moved to Nashville for two years where I was lucky to learn from some of the best songwriters in the world. Eventually my music started getting attention from major labels and networks, and I made the move to LA.


Do you have any favorite pieces of gear?

First and foremost I'm a piano player, so naturally I love my grand piano!


What's next for you, any new projects, series, or movie work?

I just did a song for a new Disney Channel series called Austin & Ally. It's a fun new show about a teen songwriter with stage fright and an outgoing teen singer, who team up and find overnight internet success! I'm also in the midst of writing a movie that I'm extremely excited about!


Recently you have been experimenting with DrumCore, what do you think of the plugin? Do DrumCore sounds ever find their way onto your demos or final productions?

I love using DrumCore. The preset beats are a fantastic writing tool. They have such a great feel and vibe that they provide great inspiration to jam and write to. I often use DrumCore on my demos, and listeners think they're listening to a live drummer! And the individual drum sounds that DrumCore provides have made their way onto some of my productions as well!


Where can our users learn more about you and your music?

http://www.bencharlesproductions.com/
twitter.com/bencharles

"I love using DrumCore. The preset beats are a fantastic writing tool. They have such a great feel and vibe that they provide great inspiration to jam and write to. I often use DrumCore on my demos, and listeners think they're listening to a live drummer! And the individual drum sounds that DrumCore provides have made their way onto some of my productions as well!"

Ben Charles

Check out Ben's work on "Watch Me - Shake It Up" from the Shake It Up soundtrack:


Ben uses the following Sonoma Wire Works products:

"DrumCore is so handy and so very easy to use! It's very close to having a live drummer with you."

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