TUNING IN WITH BEN VINCENTI

Christina Goggi

Date of Birth:  13th November, 1988

Where do you live: In Mosta

Status: In a relationship

Star Sign: Scorpio

Main occupation: Product Manager (Software)

Media-related occupation: Director at Trackage Scheme / DJ hobbyist

For Ben Vincenti, music has always been a very important part of his life, possibly because he comes from a family which loves music – his grandmother was a great piano player and so were her daughters. His uncles played the guitar and also performed at gigs.

His parents were certainly the biggest influence in Ben’s life. At home, music was on all the time. He can recall his dad endlessly playing David Bowie records and his mum putting on musicals, such as Phantom of the Opera or Carmen.

“When I was still in primary school, my mother sent my brother and I to piano lessons. However, unfortunately, I quit after some time because I couldn’t stand my horrid teacher. This is my greatest regret. Although I endlessly listened to music and attended many musical events, for years I had never attempted to play another musical instrument. This all changed a couple of years ago, when I started to learn guitar. Unfortunately, I have recently had to put this on hold because of my full time job and my MBA studies.”

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Photo – Mark Vella

 

In 2010, Ben received a Behringer BCD 3000 Midi Controller as a gift and started playing at home, trying to mix his favourite tracks together and creating record sets for himself, just for fun. In June 2013, he played for the very first time at a private event in front of around 200 people and he had the time of his life!

“The organisers enjoyed my set and asked me to play at subsequent events which gave me the chance to build a name for myself. I was then approached by a promoter and friend from Squadron Malta who asked me to play at their event Gesaffelstein (12-12-13). This was a truly amazing experience which led to quite a few other events,” confirmed Ben.

Ben is not a resident at any club, as he mainly plays at one-off events, just for the fun of it. Whilst he mostly plays at private parties, he’s also been on the same bill as some big foreign names, such as Gesaffelstein, KiNK Shed, Monoloc, Brian Sanhaji, Rebekah, Brian Sanhaji, Octave, Bas Mooy and Yan Cook, as well as with a number of great local artists.

Through Trackage Scheme, a local music hub founded by Ben, he’s also collaborated with some top local DJs and producers, as well as with bands such as Owen Jay, Acidulant, Sonitus Eco, Frankie Calleja (Ssoker), The Violent Violets, Dolls for Idols, Lucy’s Last and many more.

“Trackage Scheme is a music hub that identifies, supports and promotes Maltese artists. Trackage Scheme is also a social-networking, music-sharing community for alternative music enthusiasts. Our vision is to be Malta’s leading platform to showcase local talent in an international spotlight and our mission is to support Maltese musical talent in pursuing their dreams and aspirations,” explained BEN VINCENTI in this interview with RAMONA PORTELLI.

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Photo – Andrew Farrugia

 

Is there anything in your personal or professional career which you would really like to accomplish in the next few years?

The list is endless! I would like to invest much more time practising vinyl DJing to improve this skill. I really should pick up the musical instruments I put aside to deal with other commitments and start playing again. Travelling is always at the top of the list. I have done some volunteering work in Malta and I would like to get involved with something like this abroad. Although I have a phobia of heights, I want to pluck up the courage to go skydiving. And last but not least, I plan to build on my Psychology degree by getting my Masters. When it comes to my thesis, I will be focusing my studies on the effects of music on the human brain.

How far would you like to take your career as a musician?

I don’t consider myself to be a musician, but I aspire to become one. I am determined to hook up with a good music school to learn the ropes and give music production a go. Creating that one great track that would be well received by key people in the music scene would be one of my proudest achievements.

Besides music, what are some of the other things that you cherish in life?

Family, friendship, humour and adventure.

What sound or noise do you love most?

The sound of rain outside when I’m cosy indoors.

Do you prefer dining out or clubbing? And why?

I like both, naturally depending on my mood at the time. I love good food and eating out, but I also thoroughly enjoy the alternative/underground music scene. I also frequent band performances/gigs, not just electronic music events. Balance is beautiful.

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Photo – Kira Drury