Ben Schnitz

Working Musician

Bassist for Skeleton Sleep Box, drummer for OLC, rapper for fun.






What is music to you? What does it give you?

To me music is an escape from reality in all ways. I can completely transform into a different person and lose myself. Music can tell a story and all I have to do is sit there with my eyes closed and listen and all the sudden I'm living it. I've always known music is all I've ever wanted to do.

What is your music dream?

To create a masterpiece in my own right. I don't need anyone else to think it's a masterpiece. Just me, and I'll spend forever attempting to achieve that.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Make people buy physical albums only

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Surprisingly the first song I can remember really having an impact in my life was Phil Collins in the air tonight. That was the first song I remember really taking me somewhere else mentally and helping me to escape.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

My favorite band would have to be the Gorillaz. Followed by rapper Aesop Rock.

What inspires you to make music?

It's all I think about every minute of every day.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I want to give people the emotional responses I get when listening to my favorite music.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Right at home

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I would love to see the industry take a turn for the talented some time soon. Anymore becoming a successful musician has nothing to do with actually putting in the work and mastering your craft. You just have to be attractive. It's wack.

What do you think of Drooble?

Still figuring it out.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

When other musicians leave the show as soon as their set is done.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Absolutely. There really isn't an artist in my extremely talented city I haven't seen their shows, bought their CDs, or rock their t shirts.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Good social media skills. lol.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Kerosec, Ellis Omega, El Camino Hot Tub, The Kickbacks, Plum Dingo, Sum Morz, Amor no More, Element:Indigo