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The Fast Five – Broadwing

After winning NT song of the year for his tune ‘Pockets’ in 2015, and producing the critically acclaimed Ratja Yaliyali for Top End artist Gawurra in 2016, it’s been a relatively quiet year for Darwin electronic act Ben Allen – aka Broadwing – who has been focussing on recording in 2017. Expect to hear more from this talented Territorian in 2018, with plans for his debut album release in the middle of the year. He answered The Fast Five for Off The Leash.

What’s the first album you ever bought? 

For the Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes. I used to be a big Barnsey fan as a little kid. Not so much now. 

If you could see any artist or band – living or dead – this weekend, who would it be? 

I’ve already seen them a couple of times, but it would still have to be Radiohead. Nothing better than seeing Thom Yorke’s patented dance moves in the flesh. Amazing band. 

Whose posters did you have stuck to the wall as a teenager? 

Lots of Seattle bands like Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. I became a teenager halfway through the 90s so it was almost mandatory. 

What song would you like played at your funeral? 

Tricky one. Could go for something beautiful and sad like ‘Untitled #1’ by Sigur Rós. Might be a little much. The Hokey Pokey? 

Finish this sentence. The thing people would be surprised to know about me… is that I have double-jointed thumbs. I think it helps my grip on a guitar neck. Possibly not that interesting or surprising, but that’s all that comes to mind.


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