This is me, Benjamin Romvari, currently the sole member of Ben’s Imaginary Band. The band, not being a real band, consequently never formed. And so, there is little to tell about its history. I’ll say I came up with the name roughly nine years ago (2003), after going through many other names (which, I won’t say.) But, other than that, if you want, I could cite a little of my musical history for you.
So, I was six years old, my parents bought a violin from the local buy-sell-and trade, took me to a local violin teacher, and I took lessons from her for just over a year. That was pretty much it for a long time. Say, eight years long. It wasn’t until the age of 15 that I finally decided to try music again. I picked up an acoustic guitar with pretty much the same intention any 15-year-old boy picks up a guitar; in an attempt to impress a girl. So I went about learning every song I thought sounded pretty. After learning numerous punk songs and a couple other pop hits, I decided that it was time to start singing. I practiced much during this time.
Well, long story short, a year went by. My parents bought me my first electric guitar, and I decided to write music. So, after an interesting, yet terrifying Halloween, I wrote my first song, recounting the evening’s events. Then, in all its ballad glory, I recorded it the same day using a computer microphone (you know, the ones you use for voice chat.) The end result was a little embarrassing, but, my friends were impressed. So that was enough motivation to buy some low-end recording equipment.
I’ve been writing and recording around one song around every three months ever since. My songs eventually matured, and some four years ago, I took the ones I felt matched, and put them in my debut CD, Nocturnal Fables and Illusions.
I had since then moved to a small island off the Georgia Straight called Pender Island. Living in a home recording studio and spent a year and half recording a second album. The island has an estimated population of about 2,500 during the winter, so it was a fairly solitary environment. I taught myself to play a banjo and trumpet (or at least make noise with them), and learned to play more complex pieces on a piano, which was in the basement of the house I was renting. I later moved to Vancouver (where I still am) and recorded the last few parts of the second full-length release, Trust LP.
If you’ve made it down to here, then I’m not as bad of a writer as I thought – or, you’re a very dedicated reader. Well, either way, thanks for listening!
Some General Info:
x|Birthday: December 12, 1987
x|Birth Place: Budapest, Hungary
x|Residence: Vancouver, BC, Canada
x|Email Info: [email protected]
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