We had the good fortune of connecting with Bendik Moller and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bendik, what do you attribute your success to?
This is gonna sound weird, but I’m gonna say insecurity is an important factor behind my success. I don’t mean financial insecurity (although I’ve many times found myself stretched thinner than thin with multiple maxed out credit cards when I first started in this industry). Being financially insecure is the opposite of an important factor behind success, and is one of the main reasons people in the music industry either quit or end up stuck in really bad deals

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When I say insecurity, I mean insecurity about my work and about the quality of my music. My insecurity is what constantly pushes me into spending weeks and sometimes months on a song until it is perfect.

My insecurity is also my biggest assurance and best quality control. Whenever I make a song that I feel 100% confident about, I can be pretty certain that other people will like it too, as my own personal standard tends to be set really really high.

My hit song “Mad at Disney” was absolutely a result of that. We originally had another version of the song that everybody LOVED. However, I couldn’t help myself from hearing things that could be improved here and there, so I took it upon myself to finish up the production. Taking over somebody’s production is always scary since I then have to commit and prove to everyone involved that I can make a better version of something that’s already really good. However, I let the music I was making convince me track by track, that I was making it better.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from other music producers, is that I’m a songwriter first. It’s the lyrics of a song that inspires my production, and not the other way around. If you’ve ever wondered why the song Mad at Disney kinda sounds like Disney… that’s why!

Just like becoming a partner at a law firm or starting your own business from scratch, making a career in the music industry is totally possible, but it takes a lot of time and is for a while way less lucrative. There is not really many good paying internships, or steps you take in order to get a raise like in other entry jobs. The only payment a new producer or/and songwriter receives for the longest time, is increased awareness. Awareness in the music industry is what will put you into important rooms, get you connected with publishers and record labels, and is what makes you money in the long run.

So how I raised awareness? Well I posted once on Instagram last September 2020 after a three year long social media hiatus. I never go to parties or social events with the intent to network, and I rarely reach out to people in order to get a collaboration going. I made a mental goal for myself a long time ago to never hustle through networking or social interactions in order to create connections and awareness. I mainly just wanted to become good enough to let my music speak for itself. Almost everyone I currently work with has either been introduced to me by people I trust or has reached out to me on their own accord after only listening to my music. I’ve turned down or decided not to pursue a lot of opportunities that at the time seemed like the smartest way to spend my time (economically speaking) just because I felt like the music I made with different up and coming artists was better, so I decided to follow where the best music’s was made, instead of immediate income. I thank god everyday for my stupidity.

Right now I’m surrounded by an expanding team I have extreme confidence in. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that is really difficult to filter out who’s all talk, and who can actually put real value in my pocket . I always take everyone who reaches out very seriously, but then I ask around, take my time, take a step back to make sure I only work with people who’s the real deal.

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.
Well we’re in a global pandemic, so I would say our roof. We either order from Catch LA, or we bbq portobello mushroom burgers and drink $7 champagne.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout definitely goes to my girlfriend and closest collaborator salem ilese. We’ve worked around the clock for years together in order to get to where we currently are, and I would be miles from where I am without her.

Website: bendikmoller.com

Instagram: @bendikmoller

Image Credits
Salem Davern

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