Tuesday, October 22, 2013

To Ben

"Hello Ben, I would like to wish you a happy birthday and I want to tell you that more and more I love your music." Petr Shadow-Clark, CZ/GB

"Hello Big Ben, Happy birthday to you, huge hug to your amazing family. Have a nice time. Thank you so much for yout amazing music." Tišiks (Yes, they are still with Ben in their minds)

"Hello young man, Ben, I wish you good health, success and published many songs. I love your music, you're amazing musician. Your music makes my life better. Glad to know you. Take care, man. My mind is still with you." Very Old man, Taoist "master" Kim, called by his friends "Ancient".
"Hi, thank you so much for your music, Enjoy your day." Markéta Kuliskova, CZ
"Happy birthday master! Our dear friends. We love your musi so much, thank you so much for it. Have a nice time. Best Wishes from Hawkes."
"Hyvää syntymäpäivää! Happy birthday! all the best, good health and much success. Thank you so much for your awesome music. We love it." Hakanens, Finland
"Všechno nejlepší k narozeninám! Happy birthday! Have a nice time! Huge hugs." Katya, CZ/FI
"Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Happy birthday! Thank you so much for your music, we love it." Sebastian and Bella, GER/GB

Courtesy of Mikael Makinen-May // Picture made by Koko, from Finland
Special thanks to Ben Babylon CZ Fan Club // To the memory of Ben Tisik and Robert Eduard Hirvonen

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Happy B-Day Ben Babylon: 16 Reasons to Believe in You

High at the stage: Ben has a considerable list of live performances and his live shows are growing every day too. Joined with a good band, with the excellence of Brian Schwartz on guitar, the amazing Jagger Krusen on drums and the greatest Alex Arnout playing bass, Ben is well supported and enhances his music.

An extended list of good songs: Ben penned some memorable tunes for his set. Tracks like "Goodbye Superman" and the single "Contradiciton" are ones of his best creations. Don't forgetlast single "Burning man", where Ben gives his best. And also tunes like "No Goodbyes On The Road", "

Professional: what surprises me most when I met Ben was how professional he is and how he loves music. He is working hard at the studio, rehearsing regularly with the band, studying and practising in a high level, singing and writing best every day. Work is the answer and he knows the answer

Patiente: he knows so well how difficult is music business and how important is to going step by step. Well advised, good team on his behalf, he knows exactly what to do in order to get his place in music business. And he is in the way

Young: Ben use to sing Fun's cover "We Are Young": "we can burn brighter than the sun" reads the lyrics, and he could. Young, with a lot of good experiences to live, opening at his tender youth to artists of the category of Leon Russell, Kenny Cetera, Ambrosia, Air Supply, etc.

Brilliant: Ben is so good. He understand keyboard and keyboard loves him. The perfect mix. Seeing Ben playing piano, with the band and also, solo, is a joyful experience. He is technically perfect, and perfeccionist, so imagine what he could reach ...

Illusion: Ben has passion for his music, even for his fans. He started at a tender age writing a beatiful rendition for his father, Guy Babylon. That song proved what Ben is able to do:writing and singing good music. And the illusion follows his steps in the business, the best way to grow every day, more and more

Remarkable: he's one of a kind. When you listen his music you appreciate some difference with other new artists to come. He excelles from the rest. It's not casual you could see Ben working with masters like Greg Penny, Martin Tillman, Davey Johnstone, John Mahon, Nigle Olsson, the unforgettable Bob Birch. They all believe in him.  .  

Talent: Son of the late Guy Babylon, one of best keyboardist I've ever seen, one of best musicians on Eltons band over the years. Ben has music in his genes. His mother Kathy Babylon also collaborate with Ben on backing vocals, and his uncle is the amazing producer Paul Brown

Harmony: a true musician, notes and chords had no much secrets for him, and he is always improving. The result, his songs, are the perfect expression of his thoughts, his stories, ...definteley, what he wants to explain.

Dilligent: careful and persevering in carrying out his tasks and duties. He is perfeccionist, as I said before, and he wants to deliver his best. Audience knows that. 

Ambition: just a clever point of ambicious, necessary if you wanted to reach some objectives, lol. 

Yesterday: Yesterday I thought Ben is magical, today I agree so much. A taste of his music and you will feel the same

Babylonists: Babylonist or dreamers, the way I used to call Ben's followers, we are growing day by day, and we are so proud of him and follow his success. The last performances on the Expo and everyone of the shows at the Canyon Studios, is proving that the list of fans doesn't stop growing

Elton: "You better watch out for this kid! He can really play!" are Elton's words. And anyone could discuss Elton's knowledge about music. He is the master, he has seen lots of bands and new artist to become, and he knows that Ben is special. Another keyboard wizard on the making.

Nice: Finally, the most important, he is a nice and a good person. So adorable, well educated, he likes to talk about music, of course, he loves his family and his friends, and also important, he loves his fans so much. A genuine person.

With love, 

Jack Rabbit

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Ben Shining At The Expo. New Single out!

Ben on the road again. Before the next opening show for Leon Russell, Ben was flying to Las Vegas for being part of the Elton Expo 2013. Jack Rabbit had the chance to speak with Ben, before departing to Las Vegas, where Ben was ready for debuting one new single: "Burning Man". The song, with enigmatic lyrics, were penned by him: "Burning man on a ledge, don't you know that you're the last thing we have / Come inside, burn alive / You can work on this new project that we have." 

So, Ben Babylon with his band debuted "Burning Man" on television for the first time on Friday, October 4, from the prestigious Gibson Las Vegas Showroom at KVVU FOX5 Television. The performance was aired locally on the entertainment program "More Access" on FOX5, with hosts Rachel Smith and Sean McAllister, and will be available online.

Asked about this project and, also, about the debut album, "Dreams For Sale" in the making, he kindly explained: " The album is expected to release late next year, but who knows. There is an EP out right now that is only sold at live concerts, called "Further Interpretations of Real Life." "Further Interpretations of Real Life" has six very cool songs on it, and "Dreams for Sale" is undetermined". Jack Rabbit asked if he still is continuing to writing songs for the album, and what Ben said was as follows: "I keep writing more and more songs, and I'm trying to pick which ones should go on the album. The problem is my style keeps changing, and changing again. You would definitely be able to hear that as the album goes through. Right now I have too many songs to go on one album, and I'm having a lot of problems deciding which ones should go on. And right when I think I have a good line-up, I write a new song." So Dreamers, you could imagine how busy is our idol in the process. 

But, as you all know and I said before, Ben was the guest of The Elton Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, at the Tuscany Suites Hotel, where he is performing one show. "I prepared for the Expo by practicing every day, and getting as much rehearsals in with my band as I possible could. I am playing many, many new songs at this show, and I am really showing a different side of me and my songwriting and the direction it's going" he added on the conversation with Jack Rabbit. Asked if he planned to play some of Elton's tunes, que agreed: "I plan on playing "Song for Guy" instrumentally with John Mahon at the concert, and then transition into "Burning Man," which John will also play with us. It is so amazing to be able to play with members from the EJ band. It's very surreal."

Davey Johnstone was also expected to be part of the show, and joined with Ben in some of his songs. Asked Davey Johnstone about Ben, for his coming Birthday, he sent his wishes: "I’ve known Ben since he was a bump in Kathy’s tummy, so yes, of course I wish him all the love and luck in the world for his birthday". He answered in http://musinq.com/, the website when he kindly is answering fan's questions, this time it was Jack Rabbit turn. More than this, Davey who was one of bests friends of keyboardist Guy Babylon, Ben's father, he continued explaining: "Also he really seems to want to be a full time rock and roll musician, so let’s wish him well down that road too. His Dad and I were the closest of friends and I will miss Guy always". In fact, Johnstone's son Charlie is following his steps too: "My son Charlie is also a killer of the keys and I’m jumping onstage with him too at the expo…..oops, I think I gave away a secret! Not to worry, these kids are the best and we all get the chance to see and hear how they progress…that’s the gift".

Most eltonites attended the event, as its expected, and some of them gave their impressions about the performance. Everyone is sure about Ben's potential and was surprised about his performance with the band. They really rock!

Ben's music is available on iTunes. Also, more information is available at his official site: www.BabylonMusic.biz

Pictures courtesy of Fred Anderson