Quickfire Questions #21: Ben Duffy of Fenech-Soler

By on Wednesday, 21st September 2011 at 12:00 pm

Ben Duffy, the frontman for electropop band from Kings Cliffe Fenech-Soler, did double duty for us here at TGTF. Not only did he answer our Quickfire Questions, he also gave us some further moments of his time to answer some more queries of the soul-searching variety. His answers to the Quickfires are below – bet you didn’t know that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, or that his preferred vocation was doing something high up in the sky, did you? – and stay tuned, the rest of our interview with him will post on TGTF very soon. And if you like gigs, catch Fenech-Soler on tour starting next week in Peterborough (all the details here). And after the Quickfire Questions, I’ve added in the winning fan entry by Alex et Ol to a video competition Fenech-Soler ran for their song ‘Golden Sun’. Very nice.

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
Going to watch my dad at bluegrass festivals in America. He toured with people like Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette, so Ross and I lived in Dallas when we were younger.

2. What was your favorite song as a child?
I remember getting a drum kit when I was very young and drumming to the Crash Test Dummies over and over. Not very cool but it was probably one of the tracks off that album.

3. What song makes you laugh?
Ross and I DJ quite a bit now and there is a club track that we don’t play out but did make us laugh. It’s called ‘Breakfast’ by LeLe. The Mercury remix.

4. What song makes you cry?
‘La Ritournelle’ by Sebastian Tellier.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Starland Vocal Band – ‘Afternoon Delight’…always gets me.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
I don’t know the name of the song but whatever Lil Wayne did at the VMAs recently. [Editor’s note: He did ‘How to Love’ and ‘John’.]That made me angry but then I just laughed. Really bad.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Rachmaninov’s 3rd Concerto.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Chris Thile. He’s a songwriter from my Dad’s field of music. He made an album 4 years ago called ‘Deceiver’ which I listen to all the time. Amazing mandolin player and lyricist.

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d hope a pilot. I was going to train as a commercial airline pilot but then the band started getting too busy. If it all ends tomorrow then that’s what I’ll try and do. Bruce Dickinson style.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
‘Thriller’ – Michael Jackson.

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