In addition to playing concerts and doing normal music stuff, I'm way down to provide some more weirdo services for the discerning consumer. Here's a small sample of what I'm thinking - open to other ideas, too. Live appearances will probably have to be in the NYC-area unless you're really ambitious about planning something.
To book anything and everything, email me at ben AT benseretan.com.
Very simple - I will come to a place of your choosing and play you and you alone somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes of music. Willing to try any and all locations - your office, your bedroom (with you tucked in and ready to fall asleep), the beach, etc. I will play for up to five people, but one-on-one is strongly preferred.
SOMEONE TO TALK TO:
If you are feeling low, lonely, lost or just plain chatty, I am around to talk! About whatever. All should feel 100% free to send me an email or we could even arrange a phone call.
SCORING OF ALL TYPES (FILM, DANCE, LIVE THEATER, WHATEVER):
Specializing in atmospheric/moody guitar jams, great for end credits or lightly enhancing the emotions of a particular scene. I’ve done a wide variety of scoring work, both live and recorded, and am happy to work with you for whatever you might need. I may also be able to provide pre-recorded music or do some light music supervision, depending on the project.
MUSIC PROMO COPY WRITING:
You need a new band bio? Your Facebook event sounds dull, boring, dry? You need liner notes for a new recording? I am down to describe the sound of your voice using the most free associative and deliciously imprecise but flavorful language.
ACTING / MODELING:
I have some experience acting for film, acting for the stage, and posting for photos + paintings. The camera loves me!
GUIDED MEDITATION SESSIONS:
Occasionally, I begin more intimate concerts with long, spoken word imagination exercise, also known as guided meditations. If you or a group of people are in need of some clear headspace, an opportunity to relax, or just a quick trip away from your tainted psyche, we can work something out! Can be either performed live or pre-recorded.
ACTING / MODELING:
I have little-to-no shame in front of a camera and kind, expressive eyes, haha. Will happily be in your thing!
A favorite specialty of mine - I’ve performed for both wedding services and in wedding party bands. I’ve also recorded incidental entrance music for a ceremony. I’m a huge softie and want to make your wedding more beautiful.
ON-DEMAND MUSIC RECORDING SERVICES:
You will receive, in the mail, a cassette tape filled with audio of covers, live drone improvs, guided meditations, sick riffs, and other audio delights. Recorded live at home in my bedroom straight to cassette tape. 90 minutes of delicious, hissing audio! Customizable to your specifications.
INCIDENTAL EVENT MUSIC:
Gallery openings, cocktail parties, fancy meals, chilled out after-parties, etc...whenever you might need to fill the conversational dead space with some type of sound, allow me to stand in the corner and gently massage everyone's temples with my e-bow. Guaranteed to class up the joint.
Always down to add some spectrum-filling guitar licks, moody pedal-steel imitations, ambient clouds of tones, or sick guitar solos to pretty much any type of recorded music.
I'll tell you about my various alternate tuning systems, how I use multiple delay pedals in tandem, my approach to a gnarly guitar solo, etc. A good spark for beginners and potentially an interesting idea for more advanced players. If you would like to book recurring sessions, you'll have to book the first four lessons in advance.
MC / HOSTING for EVENTS or RECORDINGS:
Need someone to announce the bands, draw names out of a hat for a raffle, or announce things for your podcast? I will even provide surrogate stage banter if you'd prefer not to talk in-between songs. Warm the crowd up, broadcast the necessary info over the PA, whatever u need.
I WILL MAKE YOU HUMMUS:
I make a pretty mean hummus and I would happily make some for you if you live in NYC. Barter only.