Benjamin Lim is Singapore's next up-and-coming drumming gem. With a host of top end gigs to his name, and blazing drum grooves and chops, this drummer is someone not to be missed. Watching him kill it on the drums is a spectacle in itself. Let's hear what he has to say before he gets too busy to sit down for a chat.
1. How did you get your start in music?
Ben: My music journey started when I was in the military band in Saint Patrick's. The culture was very strong there and I felt extremely happy being able to play music. That's what inspired me to decide on being a musician when I grew up.
2. Any notable mentors, or opportunities that helped to launch you as a musician?
Ben: I guess the top 3 people that mentored me would be Brandon Khoo, who gave me my first gig playing mando. I will always be grateful to him for his lessons in music and in life as well.
Tama Goh was my first drum teacher, and he helped me hone my fundimentals. His outlook on life was very inspiring and I always remember how he would approach situations.
Most recently, I have been learning under Wen Ming Soh, who has been teaching me more about touch and control. I'm extremely fortunate to be able to learn from such amazing drummers and amazing people as well.
My first real paid gig was doing a session for the band
"In Each Hand A Cutlass". That was an experience I will never forget.
3. What are some of your best projects both locally and abroad?
Ben: Being in the post hardcore band Villes has been my greatest achievement thus far. Being able to tour around the world and performing to thousands has been a life-changing experience for me. The next tour is in Japan and I simply can't wait to show them what we are about. Villes has been signed to Zestone records. And the album is being sold in tower records, Tokyo. Still in shock for that. Hahaha. But most importantly, being in Villes has taught me life lessons that I will hold dear to my heart.
I'm also playing in a Chinese/ Cantonese rock band called V's, and they are signed to Sun Entertainment Culture, Hongkong. The most fond memory up to date with this band was going to Hongkong to shoot the music video. It was a surreal experience!
I've also just joined death metal band Oshiego. Learning to play that kind of music has been extremely challenging for me but I hope I'm up to task. The guys are very patient and I'm very thankful for that!
4. What is a day in Benjamin's life like?
Ben: Well, I wake up every day and I'm out of the house within an hour. All the rehearsals, teaching at Thunder Rock and playing music every night is something that I'm still getting used to. So my practice schedule is pretty packed too. Tuesday's with V's, Wednesday's at the club I play at, Friday's with Oshiego, and Sunday's with Villes. The other days I'm teaching maybe around 3 to 4 students a day. It's been very hectic, and finding the time to rest almost seems impossible. But honestly, I'm loving every second of it. Makes me feel like I'm constantly trying to improve.
5. What are some of the things/ your projects we can look forward to?
Ben: The Japan tour with Villes! And we're currently in pre-production for our newest release under Zestone! Look out for that when it's done!
With V's, we're working on new songs as well. And we hope to release them this year.
For Oshiego, just learning the songs so that he band can start playing shows again!
6. For all the gearheads out there, please describe your gear.
Ben: My gear is pretty simple. Most of the time it's one rack Tom and one floor Tom, but if there are 2 floor toms I'd definitely hook that up as well. I love using double pedals, but for the past 4 months I've been working on only using 1 pedal.
For cymbals, I'm using a lot of the TRX stuff. They get the job done.
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