Ben Khan is a 22 year old Londoner responsible for creating funky new age sounds with a muddy bass line and bluesy guitar, his instrument of choice. He dropped his first EP “1992” in May 2014, which is still racking up publicity in the underground music world. His first single, “Drive (Part 1),” has over 2 million+ plays on his SoundCloud account. Khan’s song,“Youth,” made it on NPR’s list of the best songs of 2014 in December, and his second single, “Eden,” was immediately awarded the Best New Music accolade on Pitchfork.
Khan’s much anticipated EP “1000,” dropped May 11th and has been catching the ears of active music listeners ever since. His ability to create music both with an instrument in hand and a mixing board below his fingers, has proved to be a rewarding experience for many. In under two months Khan’s EP has had over 700k hits on SoundCloud. What’s even more impressive? He’s done next to nothing to promote his new EP, “1000.” He sites inspiration from his musical upbringing on “old-school” artists such as Fleetwood Mac and Nirvana, with a mix of more recent hip-hop influences like Wu-Tang Clan and Pusha T.
Attracting press isn’t Khan’s purpose for creating music. The singer recently stated in an interview with Pitchfork that he often lies when asked what it is that he does for a living. He has kept his personal life below the radar, with the purpose of attracting listeners his music rather than for himself. Money isn’t the driving force behind these eclectic beats we dig so much. Yet instead, he strives to reach a greater worldly purpose with his musical viewpoint. Khan is off the grid when it comes to social media and with the occasional post on twitter, he may leave an elusive comment regarding upcoming unreleased music.
His music videos, which are created by Khan himself, come from his interest in film production and love for a greater vision for his music. The video for his first single ever, “Youth,” depicts a desired love, set in a retro 80’s scenery, with bursts of new age imagery that provoke probing questions behind the meaning of the song. We can see this vision in the music video for his song “Eden.” The video includes shots from a Salvador Dali sequence that was in Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound, with additional scenes from Only God Forgives and Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas. Also mixed with psychedelic images of colors and creatures. What’s so impressive is his creative mindset and musical education which reach far beyond that of his musical taste. This is shown in his ability to combine his two creative artistic interests.
Mind you all this has been created in his bedroom and produced on his own record label, Blessed Vice. Now, if all this didn’t impress you enough, take a listen for yourself.