Perks Of Being A Musician 

Being a musician, definitely comes with a lot of positive outcomes. You get to travel to new places, attend festivals, meet new people, and get involved in a great live atmosphere, all just for the simple goal of playing the songs you broke heart to write In your bedroom that time. I adore what I do, and am constantly excited with what's next for Lost Like Alice. Though it's not all joy. There's a lot of really tough things that come into play when you play live as much as I do, and I wanted to shed some light on. A prime example was this past Thursday, I had been planning for Months to be supporting John Adams for Independent Venue week, for which I had been counting down the days. It’s rare for me to get offered an event of this caliber and I couldn't wait. The original date for the show fell through due to awful weather conditions, and was postponed to Valentines Day. I came down with a virus just a few days before, which is a dreaded thing if you're a musician. You can't phone in sick and say you'll do it another day, events will happen with or without and that's just the way it is. I unfortunately had to make the call to protect damaging my voice further, thus cancelling the show. I believe a great time was had at the night and was great to see some photos. I'm hoping to book another show down in mid Wales very soon and apologise to those who had planned to catch me play. It’s just one of those really unlucky things. It's an awful thing to put in months trying to get people excited for a show, do post after post, arrange every last detail, just to be unable to perform when it's time. There is still some great events coming up this year, just gave me a bit of a knock not being able to do something I'd looked forward to so much. Rather than dwelling on things, let's talk about all the exciting events that are coming up! Since Lost Like Alice started, each and every year has been busier than the last, taking on new exciting opportunities each time! 2019 is no different, with a bunch of great shows coming up! 

Let’s Not Sulk About It 

I've got a great array of shows coming up this year that I cannot wait for, starting off with my return set at Borassic in Menai Bridge on March 1st! I had such a blast last time and cannot wait to return! I have a brand new set that i’ve been working on, with a bunch of new songs! Be sure to come out and have a listen! The way Lost Like Alice has been going the past few years, really fast paced, going from one EP to the next, new show after new show, and for the first time it has been really refreshing to just concentrate on the shows, work on this exciting new project quietly, while 20 still continues to do it’s thing. It’s a refreshing way to work, though it does get frustrating when you get excited about sharing something, which is rather annoying, but it’ll all be worth it I promise! As it’s getting into the lighter part of the year, festival season is in sight, with some brilliant Festival gigs coming up that I am very excited about. The first I can announce Is the Well Inn Festival in Holywell, featuring a large array of brilliant acts and artists and I’m buzzing to be amongst them! It’s all happening on September the 7th so make sure you make a note in your calendar! 

Catching Inspiration In The Moment 

I’ve been making more of an effort this year to share brand new ideas, as they fall onto the page. I’m always secretly doing these recording projects, holding back songs until I feel you’re ready to hear them. I wanted to really give an insight into how a song takes shape, and share what I do with those that want to listen. I’ve been writing so much over the past year or so, and thus meaning a whole new selection of songs are just waiting there. I will of course be releasing an official single, but it’s been fun to put out these live sessions of previously unheard songs, in their raw form. I hope you’ve been enjoying them too! See you next week!

Getting ready for Valentine's Day's big gig!  

It's happens to be way too early on a cold Sunday morning as I'm writing this, mentally preparing myself for the week ahead, and how to make the most of it. The most positive aspect of running a weekly blog on a Monday, as it that it leaves you looking positively to the week ahead, approaching the one just been, and how to improve week by week. This coming week is a very big one, to say I'm excited is an understatement. If you're new here, you may be questioning what possible excitement is lurking over the next few days. If so, have a seat, and we'll get into it. An event I have looked forward to for a while now is coming up this Valentine's Day, where I'll be venturing off to Mid Wales, to support the very talented John Adams in the Pavillion. Even after doing the hundreds of shows I have been lucky enough to land, events such as this really stand out, becoming a real highlight for the years shows. As someone who's done their fair share of not so great events, ones such as this, really get me excited! It's been a while since I've played in Mid Wales and cannot wait to be back! Since the shows now on Valentine's Day, it feels only right to choose my setlist accordingly! 

What goes on in a typical ‘Lost Like Alice’ week?                      

If you’ve been here before, or are somehow familiar with me in any way, you’ll see the frequent number of gigs that I’m always heading off to or coming back from, performing live is by far the best part of this whole beautiful thing. A typical week see’s me preparing for each show, choosing the right setlist for that event, practising to make sure i’m on top form, and unfortunately, travelling. A lot of these events take a dreaded car journey in order to arrive on time to each event, but it’s just one of those things! For the last few months I've been going deep into a brand new recording project, which takes up a blot of my spare time, looking at the mixes, seeing how things could be improved, and aiming to make the strongest ‘Lost Like Alice’ project to date! I’ve been annoyingly hinting this for a while, but it is vastly approaching don’t you worry!  

Fresh Batch Of The 20 EP!

It’s so crazy to think, that next month, it will have been a whole year since I released the 20 EP! A project that I’m so grateful to own, and had such a brilliant response from all of you! It was only ever meant to be an acoustic project, but it became so much more. The months in which I locked myself away, in a room with only a guitar and recording equipment, and spent every waking minute, working towards something I could be proud of! The amount of people who have bought a CD, or even just had a listen, thank you! I recently ran out of copies for the EP, so have ordered a brand new batch which arrived yesterday! You can now get them online, for only £2 from my bandcamp, for a limited time only! It’s not too late to get that special someone a nice cd for the romantic day!  Buy a copy here

What’s coming up?

As we are now very slowly, and I mean very slowly, getting into the lighter part of year, that means tonnes and tonnes of new gigs! The weather doesn't make you want to curl up in bed anymore, and we can all start to have that first glimpse of spring! I have a lot of exciting events coming up later in the year which I am yet to announce, but first, I was very pleased to announce my appearance at The Well Inn Festival this September! It’s only two days after my birthday, and is always a great time of year, I cant wait to play! See you there!

A Structured Approach To Blogging! 

With a brand new year now In place, it seems fitting to bring about a new voice, and a new motive for the weekly blog post. The laid back nature of every week has been extremely enjoyable to write for the past year, but I now want to take on a much more structured approach to the weekly ramblings of yours truly, to create a really in depth and powerful piece of literature, every Monday afternoon. Well maybe not a powerful piece of literature, but you get the drift. I want to start really answering important questions, really giving your good selfs a new idea of what ‘Lost Like Alice’ is, and what it’s becoming. The plan is to split each post into designated themes, as well as keeping you up to date with what’s going on week by week.  

New Music Releases (Well Sort of). 

Over the past week, I have given the first real listen of previously unheard songs since the release of ‘Innocent’, which came out in July. Last weeks blog post marked the one year anniversary of the Lost Like Alice blog, a big milestone in my book, and something I am extremely proud of. To celebrate the occasion, I released an acoustic track called ‘Lay Down’, a song I wrote a few months ago, and happened to come across this great acoustic recording, leaving to the only obvious conclusion, to release the song to you. Not in the old fashioned sense of releasing music, the track is simply a gift from me to you. As I enjoyed getting some new ears on completely unknown music, Is why on Saturday, I released another brand new live session, of a song called ‘You & I’. I may be seen as someone who often, or more than often tends to write the odd sad song, but this isn't the case with this song. It’s a song born out of loving someone so completely, promising to be there through everything that could possibly be thrown at us. It’s a bit soppy and romantic I know, but it’s always a great thing to get to the heart of what a song is truly about, and what it means to me.  

Where is “I AM’? 

If this is your first time hearing of “I Am”, not I am not talking about one of the black eyed peas, I am talking about my first official single for my brand new project. I’ve been teasing the track for a while, and It’s almost time for you to have a listen! The song came together so quickly, and I cannot wait for the outcome! It’s in its final stages now in the studio, tidying up, and getting everything ready for the big release. If you keep your eyes open, soon enough, It’ll be with you! But I can’t give too many secrets away surely! The song is one of around eight tracks that myself and producer Paul Demarco, have been working on for the past few months, really exploring the vision for ‘Lost Like Alice’, and where I would like to explore next. It’s a song I am so proud to own, and have so much fun performing it at every show! It’s raw, bluesy, rocky, energetic, and full of this powerful insight into the idea of growing up, or at least trying to. It’s one I am buzzing about to be able to play, and if you’d like a sneak preview, you know what to do!  

What’s Happened With LLA This Week? 

As we've touched on live shows, it seems only right to share with you what musical activity I’ve been up to this week. On Tuesday night, I returned to The Cove in Bangor, for what turned out to be a buzzing night of live original music. It may have been a Tuesday, but sure had the vibes, and the atmosphere of a Friday! I was quite shocked to be honest, but pleasantly surprised. January is always a tricky time with events, as the want to go out dips after a long stretched out Christmas period, but saying that, Tuesday nights show was a night to remember! On Thursday I was set to support John Adams in Llandrindod Wells for Independent venue week, yet due to extreme weather conditions, it was not meant to be! It’s all worked out though, we have a brand new date on February 14th, Valentines Day! I assure you its not one to miss, and I hope to see you there! Now you’ve read this beautifully organised piece, you may venture on my brand new live session, ‘You & I’. Enjoy! 

One year of blog posts! + BRAND NEW TRACK 


So it’s Sunday night while I’m writing this, the time of the week where I try to articulate everything in my busy little brain, and come up something hopefully interesting or useful. I’m surprised that this blog has been going as long as it has, with today being the one year anniversary of the first post! Yeah that’s right, 52 posts later and we are here! To everyone who’s read any of the random posts I’ve put up, thank you! I have lots of plans for the blog this year, and hope you’ll continue to check in with me every Monday! To thank you for your support I’ve released a brand new acoustic track just for you called ‘Lay Down’, aswell as go more in depth about my upcoming new single “I Am”. 

This week has been an interesting one, I’ve compiled a load of exciting gigs for this new year, some even stretching to December! It’s mad to get so many brilliant opportunities just based off word of mouth! I’ve been working hard getting my brand new single “I AM” finished and ready for release, and I cannot wait for you to hear it! It seems like a lifetime since I’ve released new music and I cannot wait to get the ball rolling again! As some of you might know, I’ve been studying with The Open University over the past few months, which certainly keeps me busy, and is sometimes hard to balance the music and my studies, but it’s all working out so far and am really enjoying it! It’s definitely been a positive few months all round!  

Now let’s get stuck into the new single, because it’s about time I shed some light on it! “I Am” is a song I wrote a few months ago, and is about growing up and the difficulties of adult life, dealing with this transitional period. It’s a song that was produced by Paul Demarco, and we created the whole track on an acoustic guitar! The drums, the bass, everything was made using simply an acoustic guitar, which is a shocking thing once you hear it! We’ve been mulling over a lot of exciting tracks over the past few months, finally getting ready for release! I can’t wait for you to hear it, be sure to keep posted on all new music news! This coming Tuesday I’ll be returning to The Cove in Bangor for another set of some brand new songs! Following that I’m heading off to Llandrindod Wells to support the brilliant John Adams in the Pavillion, as part of Independent venue week! It’s a show I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, and am buzzing to be supporting John in Mid Wales as part of his “No White Lies” tour! See you there! To celebrate a year of blog posts, I have released a brand new acoustic track to soundcloud, to thank you for all support! Here is 'Lay Down'! 

 

Brilliant weekend!  

I’m not sure where to start this weeks blog as it’s been such an exciting week musically, which is always the best kind of week! As I’ve been mentioning recently, I’m getting closer and closer to releasing new music in the next couple of months. I’ve been working on a collection of about 10 songs for the last several months, and am finally ready to share it all with you! Starting off with a brand new single! The song is in its final stages now, and will be in your headphones very shortly! It’s a been a busy/brilliant weekend full of gigs too, which is always my favourite thing to do on the weekend! On Friday night I played in Borrasic in Menai bridge for the first time, and had a great time doing so! If you’ve never been, it’s the coolest little cocktail bar right in the centre of the town, such a great collection of drinks, with a great atmosphere! It’s great to see a local venue packed full on a Friday night, while I’m able to entertain them with some original music! I’ll be returning on March 1st for another great evening! I hope to see some of you there!  Then on Saturday night, I headed up to Colwyn Bay to play at The Station, an awesome bar, and a brilliant place to perform! It was in aid of Connect Buddies, a Charity I’ve been involved with at a couple of events now over the last few years, and it’s such a great cause! They give people with disabilities the ability to go out, and have a great time like the rest of us, without having to worry about anything other than having fun, by having someone take them to the pub, theatre, music events, and all kinds of stuff! I think it’s such a brilliant charity and you should definitely check it out, and see how you can support! The gig itself was brilliant, such a warm reception, to a packed out room! It was great evening!It’s been a brilliant start to the year, it’s always great being so busy with shows and it’s such a humbling thing! I’ve got some great opportunities coming up this year, but let’s not get carried away, January isn’t finished just yet! My next show will be at The Pavillion in Llandrindod Wells for Independent Venue Week, supporting the very talented John Adams! It’s an event I’ve been looking forward to for a while, and I cannot wait to get on stage! Tickets are still available, see you there! 

It's 2019! 

As a few of you may have noticed, last week was the first time in almost a year of consecutive blogging, where a new post was not published. With the new year, I wanted to have a week off, to start planning new events, get back in the studio, before writing an in depth post, to start off the year! I hope you’ve all had a brilliant time over Christmas, and cannot wait to get stuck into this new year of gigs, and opportunities! 2018 was a big step up for me and the project, and I cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store! First off, I’ve got a really exciting event coming up this month, and I hope to see some of you out there! I’ll be playing in The Pavillion in Mid Wales supporting John Adams on January 31st for Independent venue week! This is something I’m extremely excited about, and cannot wait to get on stage! Here’s a full list of the shows coming up this January! As a few of you might know, I’ve been annoyingly teasing new music for the last few months, and it is now the time for all of that to start its way into your headphones! After months of working on new material in the studio, with producer Paul Demarco, creating a project I am so proud of, and cannot wait for you to hear it! I will be releasing a brand new single next month (February 2019), and I hope you’re ready for it, well I know I am. It’s a song that literally flew out of nowhere, and lead us to being really adventurous with new sounds, and working towards a completely new voice for this project. All will be revealed shortly, but for now, here’s another little teaser for you!  This Friday coming up, i’ll be playing at Borassic in Menai Bridge for the first time, a great new cocktail bar, that I cannot wait to bring my music to! If you’re in the area, be sure to come and have a listen! It’s FREE ENTRY, music starts at 8pm! After that, the very next day on the Saturday, I’ll be playing at The Station in Colwyn Bay for the Connect Buddies charity, a great cause & a great evening! See you there! Until next week!

New Years Eve! 

I’m not sure I even believe it myself, but it’s somehow the last blog post of the year! It’s a crazy thing to contemplate, the amazing year that has been is now at an end! It’s not all sad though, a new year means new possibilities and opportunities!  It feels only right to reflect on the amazing year that I’ve had, and share some of my highlights! I started the year off promoting my single “Headlights”, which went down really well on the radio, and brought a new excitement to ‘Lost Like Alice’.  To put out such a stripped back song, and have it responded to in such a brilliant way was amazing! My first show of 2018 was at Manchester Academy, and was a massive step up from anything I’d ever done before! To be on a stage that so many incredible artists have played at was such an overwhelming thing! Just before the show my single “Crooked Lines” came out, and has ever since become a bit of a fan favourite at all my shows! Its mad to know people connect with what I’m doing, and continue to try and see where the music can go next! It was all a massive step for me, as I was able to put out a completely self recorded EP, that was getting so much respect and admiration! I still can’t quite understand how it all worked, from starting the project to finishing, but am so proud with the songs that were born from it!  As it is New Years Eve, and you’ve all probably got some great plans for the evening, I hope you all have a wonderful time! I put out a video highlight yesterday, with the first listen at some brand new music! I’ve made it no secret that I’ve been working on something really special, and 2019 is the year for it! I’ve been working with producer Paul Demarco again, who produced the first Lost Like Alice EP “Thread”. The new direction these songs have taken is so exciting, and cannot wait to share it with you! For now enjoy this video, and I’ll see you all in the new year! 

Christmas Eve! 

So here it is, the last blog post before Christmas Day is upon us! It’s been a whirlwind of a year, Christmas being the perfect time to reflect on it all! I’ve now finished with shows for the year, now looking towards the new opportunities next year. It’s a weird one being so busy up until the very end of 2018, but I’ve had a blast with it! On Thursday I returned to the Cove in Bangor to make my third appearance, playing some new songs, and just generally having a great time! On Saturday I finished my year of gigs off with a bang, at Conwy Christmas Food Festival, with a great audience, great food, and a great environment. I’m now looking forward to Christmas, spending time with family & friends, before starting to plan for the new year! I feel nothing but thankful for everyone who’s shown their support this year, so I put up a little surprise for you all the other day! I have made an unplugged video for Innocent, performed in a really chilled setting, and I really hope you’ve enjoyed! It’s a song that means a lot to me, and brings me so much joy to be able to play it live every time. It’s definitely been one of my musical highlights of the year, and I cannot wait to bring you some new music!  Starting off in January I’ll be supporting the talented John Adams in The Pavilion Mid Wales, for independent venue week! I’m crazy excited and cannot wait to spend the evening playing some new songs, to new people! I started off 2018 playing at Manchester Academy, so am very excited to be starting 2019 in another great way! There is going to be a whole lot of a great gig announcements coming soon, so get your calendar ready! Let’s go for bigger and better! I hope you’ve all got everything in place for Christmas tomorrow, and hope you have a brilliant day! There will be some big announcements from me in the new year so be sure to keep your eyes peeled! Until then, Merry Christmas!  

20: Week 20 

Merry Monday! Got loads of exciting things to tell you about from this week so let’s get started! As Christmas is only a touching distance away, it’s been a mad couple of weeks, loads to do in such little time, and usually means that there’s not much musical activity going on. This year however I’ve been busy all year, even now in the last stretch to Christmas! On Saturday & Sunday I went up to Old Colwyn to play their Christmas Market! It’s the first one for the town, and was so great to be a part of it! There was a great selection of stalls, and though the weather didn’t help, everyone still got into the Christmas spirit! I was lucky enough to play on the Saturday and The Sunday, and was a pleasure to do so! I came prepared on Sunday with gloves, as my hands were turning blue from the Saturday which doesn’t exactly help with the performance! Never the less, was a brilliant event to be a part of! It was supposed to be my last event of the year, but am I really happy to be going back to The Cove in Bangor for the 3rd time! It’s a great opportunity to be playing so regularly in a really local venue! It’s a great place for people to hear the new songs, and get a first taste for the new project!  Speaking of gigs, I’ve got some really exciting events coming up in the new year, the first of which is for “Independent Venue Week” on January 31st, a brilliant festival that will be happening all over the place, supporting independent venues and artists, bringing people together for some brilliant events! I’ll be supporting John Adams in The Pavillion in Llandrindod Wells on January 31st, and tickets are now available! Be sure to come out! I’ve been playing so many new songs in my set recently, transitioning from my last EP to the new one, which is a really exciting thing! I still play a lot of the older stuff, just mixed in with the new songs I’m so excited about! Hear it for yourself at my next show at The Cove on Thursday! Its now week 20 of “20 Weeks Of Lost Like Alice”, giving you more insight into the world of Lost Like Alice! It’s been really fun to do, and will start a new project with the blog from next week!

20: Week 19 

Merry Monday! If you’re new to this blog then welcome! Every Monday there’s a brand new blog post, sharing my musical activities for the week, first announcements of shows, videos, and some photography! If you’ve been here before, then welcome back! There’s been a few updates to the site over the last few weeks, with new page headers, and a general polishing of the site! My main goal was to have a great home for my music, and everything else that I do. It’s somewhere to spend some time and get involved! As exciting as that all is, I’m sure you came to read about the music, so back to the musical talk.. On Thursday I returned to The Cove in Bangor, a brilliant new Coffee & Rum Shack in Bangor, with brilliant decor, neon lighting & a great selection of Food & Drink, perfect for a lovely evening out! I had a great time playing there again, the acoustics are amazing, and is always great to see some brand new faces, and introduce them to my music! My next show is at Old Colwyn Christmas Fair on December 16th, a great way to get in to the Christmas Spirit, spend time with friends and get merry! I’ll be playing a load of brand new songs, so be sure to come out and have a listen!  On Tuesday I will be going back into the studio with Paul DeMarco, polishing off the new tracks and getting a single ready to go! It’s been such a brilliant experience so far working on this project, really pushing the boundaries of anything we have created together before, and finding the right direction to put these new ideas across! It’s been a great thing working completely under the radar, in complete secrecy focusing on nothing other than the brand new music! As it is the 10th Of December, Christmas is obviously on all our minds, and of course what we have to look forward to in the new year! 2019 is going to be a year of a lot of new music from me, tonnes of new shows In brand new places, and hopefully introducing some new people to my music. The whole journey of Lost Like Alice has been incredible so far, and I cannot wait to see where it goes next! Through my Spotify account, I was able to see all the interactions with my music this year, and was overwhelming to see! 20 different countries, 1K Minutes, 197 Fans, and a big thank you from me! To know that my music is reaching people all over the world such a bizarre concept to get my head around, but am so grateful to everyone who has shown their support in some way! Let’s keep on growing in 2019!

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Lost Like Alice

The latest tour de force on offer by Lost Like Alice sees the release of the EP '20' on March 2nd. '20' offers the most enlightening performance from Ben (Lost Like Alice) to date. In harmony with his recognisable style of song writing, the EP is a conceptual coupling between Ben's progressive look on personal circumstances paired with a tonality which nods towards blues, folk and old rock-acoustic timbres. For those looking to gain more heart from their listening experience, '20' offers depth and clarity, defined by unmistakable and prominent feeling, channelled through a six part production resulting in professionalism personified.

Of the EP, Ben says:
'20' is a combination of impactful stories from my life, leading up to who I am as person. It's me in a room, channelling my ideas, my thoughts and feelings, into a collection of songs that I'm incredibly proud of. The EP was completely self produced, and was such a refreshing experience.
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