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Music NT presents: Ben Evolent

DARWIN MUSICIAN JOSHUA TARCA – better know by his stage name Ben Evolent – is having quite the year. Not only is he set to become a father for a second time, he’s also recently released the debut single from his upcoming album. Music NT caught up with him for a chat.

How would you describe the music of Ben Evolent?
Diverse. It can go from acoustic/country/folk/singer songwriter to swampy blues with a pinch of reggae.

You have an album coming out later this year – describe it in three words?
Wonders, wandering, wonderous. Wanderous is the name of the album.
 
Where did you draw inspiration from for Wanderous?
From the wandering I have done over the years and the roads that have lead me to a place of wonder. Oh, and Darwin! 
 
How does living in the Top End affect your music and songwriting?
It bounds you in honesty. The NT is wet, stormy, windy, sunny, dry, dusty, humid and hot, and tests your very sentiment at times, very much like the writing process. But those days or nights of simple perfection and relaxed intention allow for some beautiful creativity.  
 
What other NT artists are you digging at the moment?
NT artists are at the top of their game. Resin Moon and Broadwing have created some amazing soundscapes, Tapestry and We Burn Bridges killing the heavier sound, youthful bands Kolors and Danger Den are on the rise, and Rachel Rachel and Xavia are the ladies to look out for.
 
If you could collab with any other NT artist, who would it be?
I love the idea of teaming up with hip-hop artists as well as some singer-songwriters. Emerald Sun, Muxy and Dave Garnham. Actually, I’m open to any collaboration – reach out if you want to team up!   
 
Lastly, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Don’t be selfish with your gifts. Give without the thought of receiving. Someone somewhere will take a word, a note, a phrase, and it will affect their being, hence the importance of sharing the gifts and stories.    

SAVE THE DATE

Shiver Single Launch | Sat 3 Aug | DARWIN RAILWAY CLUB | facebook.com/benevolentnt

Interview kindly supplied by Music NT | musicnt.com.au | facebook.com/musicnt

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