Known for his powerful vocals and captivating sound, singer-songwriter Ben Riddle has drawn favorable comparisons to the likes of Jose Gonzales, Thom Yorke, and Bon Iver for his earthy, energetic and versatile style. With simple lyrics and a natural acoustic underlay, Riddle's music is at once both private and universal.
As a country boy, growing up on a farm in rural Australia, Riddle climbed trees, dug for treasure and excepted old trophies pretending that he was Johnny Cash, but he didn't take music seriously until he was in his early 20's. Buying his first acoustic guitar and teaching himself at the age of 19, he found a special connection with all the melodies and ideas spinning around in his head and a way to fit it all somehow to music.
Rooted in folk style melodies, Ben’s songwriting is rich in harmonies and storytelling, whilst remaining an unpretentious and organic authenticity. For Ben, the recording process is where the songs really come to life. It is layering and building this musical picture for you to hear, complex with multiple harmonies, experimental percussion, and interweaving guitar sections to produce somewhat of a journey in each song.
Over the past 8 years Ben has toured Internationally in Europe, USA, Turkey, Asia and the UK. Ben has released over 7 solo studio records to date and has successfully crowdfunded his previous album Free As A Bird in 2015. Ben also tours internationally with collaborative alternative country folk music project Riddle & The Stars.
Ben Riddle returns to Europe every summer touring solo and performing with his collaboration project Riddle & The Stars, an alternative contemporary folk-rock band.
“ Flow is an exceptional follow up EP from Ben Riddle, full of emotive beautiful songwriting…every song is a journey.” Steve Cottrel (FBI Music, AUS)
“Ben Riddle will capture you with every performance. A brilliant performer, songwriter and creative engineer.” James Flanagan (Radio National).
“Free As A Bird is an outstanding album from one of Melbourne’s’ finest independent artists.” Lilly Taylor (NowMusic Magazine, UK).
"...so breathtaking that you never want it to end. Free As A Bird never turns into cheap sentimentality, and is clearly the work of a songwriter who has a lot to be happy about. It's a romantic experience." Nick Milligan (Reverb Magazine, AUS).
New Album 'Nidelk' - Pozible Crowdfunding
I've been releasing my songs since 2007 and during that time have cultivated a strong connection with my listeners and fans. Having put out my last two albums with the assistance of crowdfunding, I've been lucky enough to feel the full support of my supporters. It is for this reason I and reaching out to you again in the beginning of my 3rd full-length studio album.
The album name and story came from a dream. After my grandfather had passed away he came to me in a dream and kept repeating this word ‘Nidelk’ to me. I wasn’t sure what it meant so i had to look up its origin. The first thing I found was that it was a riddle. I couldn’t believe it. I unraveled the letters and found the word ‘linked’. From this i knew right away that my grandfather was sending me a message that we are both still linked, his world and mine. The more I thought of it in relation to my thoughts of spirit and nature connectivity, I was so happy he gave me insight & inspiration into exploring this universal ‘link’ in my new album. Thanks grandad.
From this idea i have been writing from my own personal experience and I have almost finished writing 10 songs for the album. After the songs have been recorded i’ll be mixing and mastering the tracks. Once the album is finished i’ll be asking you to choose which songs you prefer to have produced into professional music videos.
Nidelk will only be released digitally as I have decided to stop pressing and distributing physical albums for environmental reasons/ concerns. I found that by using a platform such as Pozible would allow me to stay connected with you all and release music based on your demand. Choosing to only distribute digital downloads is a more sustainable way to release music, respect the planet, reduce consumption and allow you to share the music wherever you want to. If you decide to support this new album you'll be receiving the music aswell as some great rewards I have created. Choose any from the list, eco handmade gifts, recipes, handmade yoga mat bags, gifts, secret gifts, house shows, music galore... And more.
Thank you for taking the time to read my campaign and i look forward to sharing this with you very soon.
Click here to support- https://pozible.com/project/new-album-nidelk
This June i will be performing live with contemporary dance company Les Pas Indispensables in Paris for the Entrez dans Ladanse Festival with the creation of Inmost, of which I have composed all the music. This is very exciting news and here is the event listing. EVENT
I'll also be touring this summer June-July in Germany with my band Riddle & The Stars/ You can check out all of our dates via my website.
PATREON FUNDING PAGE
My name is Ben Riddle and I make music....
I've been releasing my songs since 2007 and during that time have cultivated a strong connection with my listeners and fans. Having put out my last two albums with the assistance of crowdfunding, I've been lucky enough to feel the full support of my supporters.
"Supporting my Patreon keeps me making music.
The idea is that this is halfway between a Netflix subscription and your daily coffee addiction. For $5 a month, you'll receive 1 new unreleased song - exclusively, and you also help me do things like eat food and help me plant trees on my land.”
Patreon is a platform that facilitates ongoing, direct patronage to creators. Basically, instead of making one pledge, one time, you make a pledge to continually support the artist with each release.
It’s like a crowd funding campaign, only better! It’s more sustainable for me as an artist as it allows me to focus on the creative side of what I do on a long term basis. I'm not just asking for an amount of $ to fund a new album, I’m asking for you to join me on my musical journey, to help me make a sustainable career and help me to write and create more regularly.
Spending less time on the computer and more time with my guitar and see you all touring live!
As I have decided to stop pressing and distributing physical albums for environmental reasons/ concerns, I found that using a platform such as Patreon would allow me to stay connected with you all, release music based on your demand. I think this is an exciting new sustainable way to release music and continue to support myself as an artist.
Sustainable, eco-friendly, supportive community, independence, no record companies!!!
I love to create music everywhere i go. So i'll be writing and recording new music in my portable studio from now on. I have many new songs and material already underway and I would love it if you could assist me to release it. Every month i'll be releasing a new complete song just for you patrons who want to help out.
Thank you so much for coming this far and I appreciate all your help and support.
Check this beautiful video made in France for the song 'eyes closed'. This was choreographed by my partner Vivien Letarnec & Camille Lelu. Both feature in this music video and worked so passionately for months. They are such wonderful strong and physical dancers, such magic to watch. Directed and filmed by Eytan Jan. I love this and am so happy to share it all with you.