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Benson Boone

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Before the internet, your only option was to hit the road and play as many shows as you could, hoping someone influential liked your music. Shows like “American Idol” gave aspiring singers a premiere audition into fame. Benson Boone was one of those unheard voices in early 2021 when he was handed his golden ticket to Hollywood. The 20-year-old’s performance earned him a standing ovation from the judges, with Katy Perry predicting him as the next American Idol. Then suddenly, he quit the show.

In this episode of the Spout Podcast, Benson reveals the truth behind his mysterious departure from the show and how taking his own path has been a remarkable journey. Benson also spouts off on his father’s influence on his stage performance style, how he escapes the Hollywood scene, his must-have travel tips, the exhilaration of rock climbing and cliff diving - and more!

What. In the world of music, there are quite a few ways that you can find success. Before the Internet, your only option was to hit the road, plays money shows as you could and hope someone somewhere not only heard but also liked your stuff. Modern television has changed that a bit, but there was one show that started at all. American idol, even a rocket ship success story to voices like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, American idol solidified itself as a premier audition to fame. Bast forward nineteen seasons later and not much has changed. American idol is still giving national attention to otherwise unheard voices across the country. And in early two thousand and twenty one, when he received that golden ticket to Hollywood, Benson Boone became one of those voices. fell us. You are. My name is Benson Boone, I'm eighteen years old and I'm from Monroe, Washington, born in the state of Washington. In two thousand and two Benson Boone was born as the only boy in a family of five siblings. Then was a junior in high school when he realized that his voice complimented his piano playing quite well. What made you one audition for idn't. I started singing a year ago. I know it was here ago. After only a year of singing, Boon took the leap and quite literal backflip into his audition at American idol. Never learns. He received a standing ovation from judges Lionel Richie and Luke Brian. Katie Perry even said she saw him as the next American idol. They pass them onto the next round, without question, a dream scenario for anyone lucky enough to perform in front of the judges. Shortly after, though, Benson decided to withdraw from the competition. It wasn't a decision that came easy for Benson, but for him it was the right one. Someone else, maybe loving is the reason you can love yours. Deciding to follow his own path and music, Benson continue to focus on his tick tock, where he is a massed a staggering two point three million followers. He recently signed a record deal and in October released his first official single, ghost town. My name is Eric Zachary. This is the spot podcast where famous people spot off about more than they're famous for, and today that's Benson boom. First foremost, room for two. When are we seeing this? When we hearing this? So room for two. I'm so excited about it. I've really, I really, I really love this one. But it's it's should be coming out like the middle of February. We don't have said day right now. is obviously things just but but yeah, like mid February is our go go plan right now. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I feel like a floating date for a release is perfect for someone like you because, like you, love the art of the tea's in the promotion of music. I do. It's so fun and it makes people so mad, but like in the best way possible. I'm...

...not just getting like teas and teas and teas and tease the same song and then that release it. Like if I'm if I'm teasing us a lot, it means I'm going to release it. Yeah, exactly. And you're known, you know, for this via, you know, ghost town and and everything that you've done on ticktock thus far. What's your favorite way to approach teasing music? All right, are you already have ideas in your head before you even have the song, or is it based off of each project? That's a great question. And it honestly like it really changes every time because I'll do a video that just introduces the song and if it does well, which is kind of the hope, whatever I'm feeling like, whatever makes sense to me, whatever makes sense to the song or the lyrics, I just kind of go for it. But hopefully the hope is that eventually, like something will start to kind of you know, be a snowball and a rolling hill and just build and build and build. And Yeah, so it's like there's really like not a set way to do it. You should post whatever you feel like those. Yeah, you know, it's no secret that you were one of the you were literally Katy Perry's pick on American idol, but respectfully, you withdrew yourself from the competition, which I know a lot of people probably have questions about that. I don't, because it makes sense to me right you. You have to do what's best for you and you probably had a lot of cool opportunities on the table in front of you or something didn't feel right, so I completely respect that. I just the only part of the audition. I do want to talk about this. Of course, you're smooth and multi vocals. I think, as I was quoted in one headline the backflip man. I mean, you are a fullblown gymnast. This isn't just someone that can know. It's how to be like a party trick. First of all, thank you. Thank you for finally saying something about it. A little little credit for that backflip. But, Um, I've been doing that since I was a kid my dad. That would be like his party trick at like family barbecues or something. Your Dad's out here, just do it flips. I know my dad's like forty nine and he's still backfloking like nobody's business. Was Crazy, but I just grew up watching him and obviously, like he's my hero. So when I was little I wanted to try it and I did and ever since, like it's just kind of been just do it everywhere. Like once. You do it once and it goes well. I mean I'm sure if I landed on my head the first time that would be a different story. You know, it went well, so I keep doing them. So I haven't messed up yet, knock on wood, but that will be not the greatest day. Yeah, we don't want that. To have actually talked to Brendan jury lead singer and panic of the disco about this, because he's famous for doing a backflip on stage and I asked some about any close calls. Knock on wood, have you done this on stage yet? Yes, actually, because just like like a month and a half ago, I was just in Europe doing a little promo tour and at the end of it I popped out a little backflip. You're not just someone that can do a backflip. I I am not a gymnast, but I recognize a gymnast when I see one. You're doing you know round off backhand springs, you full on flip, like very picture perfect gymnastic routines.

So we tell me about that history. I've never done gymnastics. I've never liked Oh my God, no, it's it just seemed you're the most annoying kind of person that you could just do that. Oh, I'm man, you can sing and you can just bust out a backflip or just because you were have the ability. It just happens in it just feels right. I love it and I have a best friend in New York that can also do the same. He has a gym this background, but he quickly became the person that that's the party trick at the club. Just a word of advice if and when you decide to start attending clubs on the on the frequent, don't do the backflip in the club. It never ends well, no matter how much you think you got it, it won't go back to the music man. And I'm sorry to keep coming back to idol. There was just a lot of little nuggets. You and I've watched this audition again and again. I saw I want it aired, and then, obviously, preparing for the interview, Luke Brian quoted. I want to get this exact. He said you're still in diapers. You're a toddler when it comes to this world. Now here you are, year and and and change after that comment. You know you are signed on a major label. You've gotten the chance to just explode your fan base and your audience and your listeners. What are you thinking differently with now when when you approach your music as you were just that? You know, naive kid popping on American idol scene if it goes well? I mean I've taken a complete one hundred and eighty turnaround since then. When I when I was on the show. I had never tried writing my own music. I had only just done covers, and that's I mean, that's what really like. The majority of American I live is is singing someone else's song, and so that's what I was used to. I was used to like picking a song that I think matches my voice best or that I love, and then I sing it. And Yeah, at that point I was totally in diapers. I knew literally nothing about the music industry, just nothing about what I wanted to be or who I wanted to be or what kind of artist, etc. And so since quitting the show, I've taken time to kind of develop who I want to be and what kind of music I write and what my image is publicly and what kind of things I'm into. We're not into. I've kind of, for the most part, like figured myself out for how I want to start. And so now I would say like I'm just starting my journey. Like now taken off the diaper and I put on my big boy pants, because now you've that analogy going. Yes, well, it's like, I guess that's kind of what I needed, is to figure out, you know, where I wanted this all to go. You said that you're still figuring out what you like and what you want to do, and you're probably learning very fast that as someone whose hobby was music or its hobby was tick tock and then that becomes your job, you need to develop other hobbies to turn away from when you're not working. It's not to say you love it and less, but you just need...

...a safe space to not have to do that. So what? What are you doing when you're not working? I mean, I just do what I've done my whole life. I go either scootering at the Skate Park, I will cliff jumping in up in Utah, or I'll just good go rock climbing at a rock climbing gym, or sometimes I'll just go fly out and see one of my friends. I do. I'm doing that a lot, just keeping my friends close. So, like, I wish I could like one ass what I do every time I have freething. That's perfect. Like, I'm not laughing because of your answer. I'm laughing at the how mundane you make these every day, everyday tasks sound like, Oh, you know, I just might go cliff jumping if I get a few hours, like no big deal. Is My hob on a plane go to Alaska. My Body is up in Anchorage. Let's let's see Chad and see what's up. I laughed. It's not from the point of privilege of you know, man, I get I got a very cool opportunity to do a lot of the same. You know, I fly a lot, not necessarily out of just necessity, but I enjoy traveling, I enjoy beating different places. So you're getting the chance to do that more, obviously for work, but also, you know, with having this job and working in the career that you do, you have a little more funds to be able to just have the freedom say, plane right now. Let's go. And it's an amazing opportunity and I don't doubt for a second you understand like how lucky and fortunate that is. With that set water, what are your mustabs when you travel, because I'm sure you're learning very quickly what you need and what you don't need when you're dropping on a plane with a moment's notice. So a toothbrush is always there. My clowne it's really, really proud of it because I found it myself and it's so good and it's not like an overwhelming smell, so good, and then I bring the Hammock and the deck of an on cards and that's like pretty much like my my foundation, and so I can't get over how you keep like starting off with a normal answer and then throwing in something like Hammock. has to come with me when I fly on a plane. I don't know that I have ever met anyone that's like hammock. It's must okay, much, okay, saved my but one time it was like, actually it was probably four months ago. It was like right before ghost town was out and we had to change one thing last minute, so I had to go to Nashville where, you know, my producer was jt, and I I flew to the CJT. It was like last minute of last minutes, like I literally had like twenty minutes to get through security to my flight, got to Nashville, recorded the part and then of course I was flying back on Spirit Airlines, which is just magnificent, and my flight was canceled and so new I had another flight for the next morning at like six am, but their lounge was under construction so I could not stay in the airport. So I literally I have my amic so I walked to well, it took an...

...uber is like eight minutes to the nearest park and I just set up my hammock and slept for like three hours and then went back to the airport and got my flight in the morning. I will never not have my hammock. That's me and my penny board. I started traveling with a little little skateboard probably ten years ago and it was definitely like just for amusement and fun at first, until that day that there's no way. I was at London Heathrow. No, I don't know if you've ever been to the London airport, but you have to walk, I don't know, like nineteen miles to get between security and your gate. It's insane. I had my skateboard. I would not have made that flight if I didn't have my skateboard. See, there's always like there's always that one story where it's like the habits Yas. Yes, that is having a pennyboard. Penny box are sick. I can't wait till you set up your hammock in the airport, because you know that's good to go viral like, even if you don't intend it to, it's going to. That will be a wonderful day. This episode of the spot podcast is brought to you by Green Chef. I have been a considering meal prop options, cooking options, different ways for me to just, you know, not eat junk food every day, but also I enjoy cooking. It just seems like there's not enough time to go shopping. That's where green chef came in. It is America's number one meal kit for eating well, with dinners that work for you, not the other way around. They provide meal options for whatever your lifestyle or diet may include. They have key too, on Paleo, Vegan, vegetarian, a fast and fit Mediterranean and gluten free. I personally went with vegetarian because I am not really big in the meat, but I do still like the dairy the cheese, so it's nice to have those separations between Vegan and vegetarian through together. Some meatless Tacos Sau tatum up with the vegetables already provided. All the seasoning came in the kit. It was perfect and unlike other Vegan of vegetarian meals, sometimes this can get a little flavor lists. That is not the case here. They are full of plant based proteins and whole some sides, but they also taste amazing. So if you're ready to give it a shot right now, go to Green Chefcom spout undred and thirty and use code a spout one hundred and thirty to get a hundred and thirty dollars off, plus free shipping. Again, it's Green Chefcom spoutnd and thirty. Green chef the number one meal kit for eating. Well, Hey all, this is Joe Nicholas. My new album, the good day for living is out right now. Here's the tunnel, tragic, no bigger than it is. Yeah, I'm thinking y'Alla. Whatever. lastness and friend, new song you so you said you know, you popped on the Nashville for the day and it wasn't like something you were expecting to do. Walk me through, and, even though I might understand a little bit, just like everyone, kind of the difference between recording and La versus new work versus Nashville. Which one are you song right in? What are...

...the purposes for the different cities? I think like the majority of things go on in La with like with writing and producing. Just this is where everyone is literally yeah, everyone wants to be here, which is why I don't want to be here. All the producers and the riders or people are trying to get started in producing writing ur La. So that's kind of where I go generally most often to just do sessions or record my producer for ghost town, who is just a phenomenal guy, super cool. His name is Jayt daily. He lives in Nashville. For Ghost town, like most of my stuff, I would go out to Nashville to record with him. In New York actually been just been twice now and both times one of them was for like the seth buyers show. That's cool, and then he he got covid so I could not do that. Yeah, so, but I've just been there for like a rehearsal and then the set hires which show? Which one? which was canceled? But yeah, so my New York experiences are very like. I mean I have I've not had very many, so I'm looking forward to more. You mentioned ghost town, the cassette version. What's the difference? I mean audibly obvious? I can hear the difference, but what is the thinking behind putting out a cassette version versus the original? I like for people to hear's a little bit different sides of Ghost town. We have the a Cappella version, I'm sure you know about, and then we have the cassette version, which is more like Acoustic, more a guitar based, and there's some guitars drumming on there, and it's just like it's just a different version and it's just it's really not like if you want to hear another version of it, boom, you got two other versions right there. Just to know, like if you want to hear something different, that's really it's really it. And feel the need to explain what a cassette is for a lot of people, yourself might be included. I do you remember having cassettes when you're younger now? I remember seeing one when I was number we might have seen one once. I I found it one day and I have no mom what it was and I was just kind of so confused on like how people use those. Yeah, and so I just put it on my belt and is that that's the asset, right, because the player one? Yeah, the players the yeah, it was yellow. I remember it was yellow and I thought it was like I really thought it was like the coolest thing for like two days, and so I've forgotten about it and then never started yet. So I'm not speaking from a point of like being an old man, like Oh, you'll never understand this, like I don't. I barely remember, because that's dude. That's why, when you you throw out this version, like not only is it cool take on an alternative version, but it also, you know, is reminiscent for people that might not know what that word even means. So Ghost town is out, room for two is coming. Have you gotten to dip your hands into music production? I know you've been learning a lot of different instruments and still obviously finding your voice and just that has to be a never ending journey of like, Oh my God, I can do this, like I can't wait to throw on a new...

...song. When it comes to the actual digital landscape of audio production, have you messed around at all? A little bit. Not. Not a whole lot, which I'm actually starting to because I just finished setting up my home studio. So right now I basically just know how to like cut vocals and send them to a producer just in case I need to do something just from my house so I don't have to fly somewhere. It's kind of it like I'm ass a big world to get into. More than sure that I will be in like I will start producing my own stuff here in the next year, and it's also something where like it'll always be there. It will probably be just a very gradual process of like five to ten years, where then I'll be like, okay, are you a person that you like the research behind figuring out like what you said you were sending up your home studio, like did you research what to buy or you going off recommendations? That's a great question. I think I'm more of a recommendation person, but I would just I went with like my most trusted producers and I would like I would ask him what they like most and also, like what's in my budget, because it's so much money for producing equipment, and I didn't ask him like the best stuff, I asked them the best for starting. Yeah, so it's like a very simple setup. Just I'm not even explain it because I don't even know how to. It's very simple and I just set it up myself because, again, it does not require a lot of brain power. Yeah, we'll get nerdy for a second before I let you go walk me through what is in Benson Boone Starter Studio. My Starter Studio is an SM seven, which is a microphone, which I'm sure you're using one right now. Yep, and then just my Mac book for the computer. I got two Yamaha speakers, nice and Paula twin universal audio. Yeah, man, Yep, the versal audio and some good recommendations that that's not just a starter start. I mean that's a great place to learn, but that is that will take you aways for sure. It's great and it's like it wasn't. It wasn''t like a crapped on the money. It was just I mean, yes, it was like it's expensive, but we're not talking into like the tens of thousands of dollars that studios tend to cost. A little little set up, picon boom man, I know people will tell this to you all day long and all these interviews, but it's not because it's untrue. You know, it really radiates the humbleness and the just charisma and excited energy you have for everything you're doing, and I can't compliment you enough on that. It's really exciting to see. Thank you so much. there. That really that really does mean a lot to me. Thank well, we'll have to see if you could teach my old ass how to backflip one of these days. Spoiler alert, it won't happen. I'll definitely give you like the discount pack. So let's will be. I thought you were gonna say free. You're like NA, man, I still got a big money on this, like it's still a hustle. I appreciate it. Man, Ben's and I'm sure we'll meet in in person soon. I can't wait. Can I do make it out to a show? Pretty sense too. But otherwise, man, anything else? We need to we need to hit, we need to...

...promote. We no room for two's coming soon within the next month. Anything else, you know, that's really all I can see it right now because of my schedule changing every minute. So that also might mean that there's more that you're not allowed to talk about. WHO's to say? WHO's to say? WHO's to say? To See more of barracks, conversation with Benson Boone, search spout podcast on IG and twitter or its spout podcastcom next week Joe Nichols spouts off and talk about the soundtrack of your life. I was making a Christmas album I was probably as depressed as I've ever been in my life, and there's been some good depression in my life. And I remember these Christmas songs. Everyone of them wouldn't make me just start balling like a baby. I couldn't get through a song and that stopped. Take a break, you know, go take a drink or something somewhere, but I would come back in and have to hold it together to saying happy Christmas Song. This apout podcast is presented by Alpha media and created by Phil Becker. Spout.

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