We had the good fortune of connecting with Ben Scholz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ben, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Making music was always a part of my life, and I just kind of kept going with it. Money has come from playing in bands and recording, but also from producing other people’s music and developing marketing strategies when it’s come time to release the music. Location also played a factor, in that after I left Portland, OR I chose to live in Chicago while going back and forth from NYC, and then migrating back to the west coast and settling in LA. Lots of music in these towns.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My primary instrument is drumset, and I also teach on piano and am a capable mallet percussionist. I don’t know if it was easy or not, getting to where I am now. Each step kind of just developed in sequence. I think that being versatile has helped. My brand would be most closely associated with “Scholz Productions”, which is what I use as an imprint when working with various record labels. Personally, I’m just a percussionist.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In LA? I had spent a decent amount of time here, before I ultimately relocated. So, the city itself was pretty familiar and I’m not really the type of person who goes to Universal Studios or the walk of fame. I always suggest that people to up to Ventura county or out to the desert and visit those communities if they want to get a sense of what SoCal was like before it developed into the megapolis it is now.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All the musicians who’ve chose to work with me in various artistic capacities.