JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION. BENJAMIN LAZAR DAVIS IS A MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, SINGER-SONGWRITER, ARRANGER, COMPOSER AND PRODUCER. THEY MET AND PRODUCE AN ALBUM TOGETHER. LET IT BE YOU IS UNDENIABLE RICH, INTENSE AND POWERFUL: THE ARTISTS WEAVE AROUND EACH OTHER LIKE SEASONED PARTNERS WITH A BLEND OF TUNES THAT MAKES THIS ALBUM SPECIAL. DISCOVER MORE THROUGH THIS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
Hello Joan, hello Benjamin! Great to have you both here, let’s start from LET IT BE YOU and your 2017 tour. Can you tell RedMilk all about this collaboration?
Joan: Well, it all started when i went to see Ben playing with his band that is called Cuddle Magic. We both have recorded separately at the same studio and one day the guy at the studio said to me: “You should go and see him, you’ll like his style” and he was true. We talked a bunch after that show and decided we were going to try writing songs together. Ben already knew my music and it was really easy writing together. We started, we continued and all of a sudden we had a record! And here we are tonight in this lovely place.
You have different ages. Different approaches due to different generations or?
Joan: Yes, we do (she laughs).
Ben: I think there’s differences in the way we approach music but i wouldn’t say it has to do with age. For sure Joan has a different backgroud that comes from the 70’ and 80’ and from my side i have more a modern pop country culture but we have a lot of shared interests and influences.
Joan: Yeah, we share love for similar kind of music and we do come from different backgrounds but we both studied music in a sort of classical way; Ben has more a knowledge of folk music that i don’t have but in general we are both very open to listen to every genre of music. In terms of song writing, most of the job i’ve done is on my own and instead most of the song’s Ben has written has been in a collaborative way so that is for sure a difference between us. Although i love writing with other people, i haven’t done as much as Ben has.
We are a fashion and lifestyle magazine so… what’s the story of the two matching jumpsuits of our tour poster?
Ben: The story is that i was in Africa and i was wearing a pair of green pants and a yellow shirt and i saw someone wearing that jumpsuit and asked this person to exchange clothes… and so we did. I never saw him again and once back again in the United States and i met Joan and discovered she had exactly the same jumpsuit in her wardrobe!
Joan: So we figured out that as we owned the exact same article, we had to pose with that! And we also based our videos around it and it has been fun.
And what about your relationship with fashion then? Maybe it’s more about you, Joan?
Joan: Well, Ben is an extremely fashionable person! But it’s in a different way then me.
Ben: I just wear clothes that people give to me.
Joan: Yes but Ben has a very special way of putting clothes together, very particular. I am instead obsessed with fashion. I definetely do not follow trends but i have more clothes than God! Way too much i have to say. But that’s the way i like it. I really don’t buy much new clothes, it’s all vintage stuff. I wear a lot of old leather stuff and i’ve been collecting jumpsuits for over 30 years now…
Wow, how many do you have?!
Joan: Ummm, i guess 100 hundred!
Ben: So you see that the chance she could have my jumpsuit was pretty high!
Joan: And i am always looking for new jumpsuits that also are good for Ben.
Ben: Yes, it’s true. They just fit so perfectly.
Sounds great. One last question: one of our latest issue is #TheMovementIssue by RedMilk. What’s your relationship with movement and dance?
Joan: Wow, that’s a great question because i started dancing when i was very young, i was menat to be a dancer. I also started playing violin but dancing was what i cared about. But what happened was that my knees did not work so i had to stop dancing which was very very upsetting and i was just 12. But then i keep playing violin and really got into music and now i am glad that it happened. Since then i had my knees fixed and niow i dance again. This makes me happy beyond words. I think that bith Ben and I are not really able to perform without moving. We are very into music, you see it in our bodies when we perform. And that i something i noticed in Benjamin the first time i saw him. I love the way is body feels the music.
Ben: I grew in a family where music was played constantly and different kind of dancing that’s why i have a big relationship with dancing. You’ll will see it tonight!
The gig was hosted at Latteria Molloy
Special thanks to Nina from Astarte
Photography Fabrizio Consoli for RedMilk.