Ben Singleton - Keyboards, Samples, Loops and Production
In his iconic lab coat and knitted shades, the Zappa-obsessed synth player brings epic and eccentric vibes to The Vaulted Skies in equal measure...
JAMES ON BEN
"Ben is one of those archetypal genius-madmen. He's not so much riding the fine line, but straddling the divide.
His capacity for understanding technology and applying it in the most artistic ways is second to none, so whereas his capabilities as a multi-instrumentalist were always going to be a great asset to the band, what we actually have is also a producer, engineer renaissance man extraordinaire.
In rehearsals he's a bit like Silent Bob in that he won't say anything for pretty much the entire evening, and then suddenly come out with the most profound and conclusive statement you've heard all week!"
JOHN ON BEN
"Ben is one of the most interesting people I know. I love the constant look of pain on his face when the volumes get loud in rehearsals, and I am in awe at the sheer number of cables he uses and the number of LEDs he has in arsenal. If I’m not sure why something isn’t working musically, or if I’m after advice on anything sonic, Ben is the Oracle. Awesomeness."
ROO ON BEN
"Fan of most things Zappa and surreal humourist, Ben appears parked sideways in several parallel universes. A skilled recording technician, producer and musician, Ben's lab coat is well earned.
When most are tucked up on front of a roaring telly, noises can be heard from the Ben shed as a new Heath Robinson contraption emerges from the unknown.
Sharing a car to and from gigs and rehearsals is a treat as we manage to get into the right headspace for music after dealing with often meaningless day jobs. A man of few words but often the right ones!"
SCOTT ON BEN
"The undisputed heavyweight champion of ‘tech’, Ben has more wires, buttons, knobs and flashing lights than any other member of TVS (and that is saying something, trust me!). Responsible for the myriad of weird and wonderful sounds which percolate the music of TVS, he is infamous for the ‘brown-note’ – now removed from ‘The Night’ after a public enquiry.
Despite his often bemused expressions, Dr. Ben has his finger on the pulse, effortless prescribing clicks, keyboards and backing tracks from his stage right surgery of sound. He is a fantastic guy, all round professional and TVS' very own sound engineer."