Ben Green is a University of Wisconsin–Stout senior graduating this semester with a degree in industrial design. He releases his own electronic tracks and remixes under the name Seafarer. Find him on Soundcloud and Spotify.
When did you first get interested music? Why?
I first got interested in making music when I was in seventh grade and I was pissed (sic) that I couldn’t rehearse music with friends in a band due to not being able to drive. I thought I would just try and make everything digitally. I primarily was a drummer and played piano.
How do you approach writing (or remixing) songs?
I approach writing songs through inspiration or random creative flow. Creative flow is really interesting because it can just be really, really random. You can have a melody in your head that you find really interesting and it might work on paper, but usually I will start with an idea I have and it will evolve into something I could never really predict. This happens about 90 percent of the time and it’s part of what I love about music.
Which musicians do you admire most?
I admire Odesza, Bonobo, Carly Rae Jepsen, Porter Robinson, Tennyson, Photay, Madeon, Mansionair,and Droeloe to name a few. Either these are artists that have been killing it as masters for a long time or are bringing something really fresh to the table
Do you have any memories of your performances that stand out to you? Why?
Last year’s 2016 music at a house (a house show that friends of mine throw on every year with local artists) was just next-level hype and energy. People were bumping front to back to my music, which is just an insane thought. This past years was comparable. It was just so crowded that [the] dancing emitted too much heat. To contrast these house shows, I recently played Studio B at Skyway for San Holo’s show and that was really fun in a new way!
If you could tour with any artists right now, who would it be?
There are so many I would be too nervous to even consider, but I think it would be super fun to tour with San Holo and Droeloe. [They] seem like hilarious, good fun dudes with great ideas and great music. Their work is so personal and genuine.
What upcoming projects are you currently working on?
I released a chill-electronic track called ‘Amber Coast on a great label based in New York called Just Chill Out. I am also getting a wonderful rebranding from Alex Van Kuelen, a senior in the graphic design program here for his senior show. Check it out Friday, Dec 15 at 6 p.m. in Applied Arts.