A spark was lit near a growing pile of lumber, oil and occasional pockets of gunpowder. The spark was Ben, The spirit behind The Lucid Youth, stumbling upon the music of Queen with his mother’s cassette player as a child. The lumber, oil and gunpowder were the ensuing swan dives into rock music with the instruments of drums, guitar and singing between the ages of 10 and 28. As a child and drummer, he idolized the likes of John Bonham of Led Zeppelin and found the visceral expression of groove more important than the academic theory of it all. As an adolescent, drumming idols were swapped for progressive rock/metal songwriters from bands like Coheed and Cambria, Opeth and Tool. These groups showed him that compositions could have serious depth, and all you had to do is dive. The influence of this music on Ben ultimately pushed him from drums to guitar and vocals.
Between ages 23 and 26, his nomadic heart made it well aware that it was taking over most of the decision making. Multiple road-trips were sustained by couch-surfing with friends and complete strangers which brought him anywhere between New York City and Los Angeles. Something inside was begging to see the rest of the world, yearning to expose itself and learn through the hardships it created. This led to living in Austin, Texas for a year, then learning spanish to travel through Central America for 5 months. This excursion into countries unknown and all its culture shock was one of the biggest pockets of gunpowder in that artistic pile of flammable motivation. He undoubtedly found that music is his path. When he returned home, the constant grinding of technique and polishing of songs turned into what is now the album “Moonlight”. With the fire still burning and now more refined than ever, he continues down the path of the artistry and wanderlust with it’s gifts of personal growth that others can find in his music.
Ben is the spirit behind The Lucid Youth, a blend of wanderlust, progressive music and story telling. Drumming at age 10, he idolized classic rock musicians which were swapped for prog-rock/metal songwriters at 18. Along with this shift in tastes came the transition from drums to guitar and vocals. Between ages 23 and 26, his nomadic heart made it well aware that it was taking over most of the decision making for a hot minute. This ultimately led to a 5 month excursion through Central America which explicitly brought to light a personal truth of his. That music is his path. Upon returning to the states, his constant grinding of technique and songwriting led to what is now the album “Moonlight”. His artistry and wanderlust continues to saturate The Lucid Youth.