GRAMMY, Tony and Emmy-award winning sensation Ben Platt is the latest digital cover star of FAULT Magazine.
In addition to a striking photoshoot, Ben also spoke with Miles Holder about his transition from musical theatre to the pop music industry, his debut album Sing To Me Instead, and collaborating with fellow creatives.
Earlier this year, Ben made a stunning debut as a singer-songwriter with his album Sing To Me Instead. With co-writing credits on all 12 of the record’s songs, Ben’s album is an honest reflection of his life, combined with his charming vocals.
Speaking about opening up his true self on the album, Ben said: “I’d had a month of sharing my feelings with myself and my friends and family which was such a positive experience to have with a small circle of people and once the larger campaign happened with the public I was quite scared.
“But that was the whole point of doing the pop album of original songs and not just covers, it was about showing the public a side of myself that I don’t get the chance to show as an actor because I’m able to speak to different people and share my own persona which was only going to happen if I went out on a whim and showed true transparency with my audience.”
Ben is best known as a multi-talented performer who’s starred in Broadway shows such as The Book of Mormon and Dear Evan Hansen. However, whilst he comes from a live musical theatre background, this year Ben will be heading out on his very own tour and performing his written music to audiences, including a stop at London’s Eventim Apollo on June 15.
Speaking about the desire to perform live on tour, he said: “It’s definitely that background that has made me more comfortable but also for a lot of my personal favourite artists, it wasn’t until I saw them live that I truly fell in love with them.
“With recorded music, there’s a lot of production and “fixing” which is done to create a beautiful sound but I find there’s something more beautiful to see someone performing unadulterated and raw and it produces a unique kind of electricity. To have that alongside the thrill of performing your own music is certainly a thrill that I’ve chased and am very excited about.”
Ben also opened up about the best part of making music, stating, “Working with my fellow co-writers, there were a few particularly that I just connected with personally and artistically and I am so happy to have them in my life. One of my favorite parts of the experience was to meet such creative people because I’d never been through a process like that before and some of the collaborations were beautiful for the songs we made and others for the impact they had on my life during that time and I’m grateful for that experience and can’t wait to do it all again.”
Ben’s full interview with FAULT Magazine can be found here.
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