Ben Rauch is one man who is very familiar with the stage, from comedic acting to his career as an accomplished instrumentalist. Now, it is about time you get to know his singing side. Ben Rauch has a new single and is bending the rules on pop.
A story told in a way you do not normally hear, and Ben wrote it around the experiences one can surely expect in a life filled with emojis. Rauch had a one-on-one with OneEDM and showed us not only his funny side but his heart too.
OneEDM: You have a new single “The Emoji Song”. Life and personal experiences were the inspiration behind the song.
Would you say letting go of all restrictions and learning to laugh at ourselves would really help people learn to be better to themselves and each other?
Ben Rauch: Absolutely, you took the words right out of my mouth…or since this is a written interview, you took the text right out of my brain…fingers… 😜 We all need to learn to laugh at ourselves and become aware of our behaviors so we can improve them. Comedy is a great tool for that!
It has caught the attention of many and you have received a number of awards for it in the U.S.A and globally, what does this all feel like?
It feels great! 👍👍 I love that the song and video’s comedy message translates to other cultures and that people get it even if they do not speak English. 🎹
You almost have a meatloaf vibe to your song and video for “At The Waters Edge”. Who were some of your musical inspirations growing up?
🍖 I love Meatloaf, believe it or not, even though I am a vegetarian! 🍆 Jim Steinman, who writes all of Meatloaf’s songs, is a genius, and I love that Bat Out Of Hell 2 album. I also love Phil Collins, Billy Joel, Weird Al, Journey, Toto, Queen, Ben Folds, Flight Of The Conchords, and so on.
You donated all the iTunes sales to the Hurrican Sandy Relief fund back in 2013. How important is it to you to give back to the community and strive to be a hero?
I wish I could fly sometimes! 🕊 I mean I do…usually Jet Blue or American, but I really wish I could fly like Superman. It would be great to be able to be in more than two places at once to truly be able to give back to the community. I think artists are generally really good about these kinds of things because we are in touch with our feelings and emotions and put them out there.
Your debut album “Tales From The Turnpike” is due to be released this year, what can your fans and potential fans expect to hear on this album?
Entertaining, catchy, fun, pop music that has humorous lyrics. 😎 It is my testimonial and tribute to life in the Garden State and life in general. Starting from a local perspective I think it is possible to realize we all are not that different and all have more in common than we think.
You have a movie coming out this October with Melissa McCarthy, “Can you ever forgive me”. What is your role and what was your reaction when you landed the role?
Yes, I do. I have a scene with Melissa McCarthy in it. She is the best! When I got the call that I was going to be in it, I was so excited!
Do comedy and acting lend a hand to the direction your music takes?
Yes, definitely. I think it is easier for comedy actors to do drama than dramatic actors to do comedy because when the comedy is good, it has to come from a grounded real place. 🎭 Sometimes comedy can even come from a dark, sad place, although that is not my type of comedy. But, I feel that it is just natural as an actor to express my music. I am sure music can be acted out in the pop/rock realm. 🎛
How different is the actor Ben Rauch from the musician Ben Rauch?
I do not feel there is that much of a difference. I think music is a heightened form of communication, so it is me, but me with exaggerated expression.
How much did you enjoy touring with Darlene Love last year into early this year?
That was so much fun! 😀 Darlene Love is so legendary! She has a well-deserved place in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, and she basically was involved in the creation of Rock & Roll. 🎸🎵 She has stories about how she worked with Elvis and almost everyone who influenced American Rock Music. Her band is so talented, and they are also great people to work with. 🎼
You seem to be very free and uninhibited in the way you express yourself. Was there ever a point in your life where you were afraid or hesitant at being yourself and showing who you really are?
Yes, for sure. I did go to middle school…SO AWKWARD and SO SHY! 😥 I can still have fears sometimes – every artist does. I was just watching this Jerry Seinfeld interview, and he said he thinks that he is not funny before he goes on stage prior to each show. Del Close, one of my early influencers of improv said, “Go into the fear.” 😖
Do you think performing is something that happened by chance for you or was this all predestined for you? Can you see yourself doing any other than this?
Definitely not by chance. It is something I could not stop doing. It is all I have ever wanted to do and what I had worked for. I could see myself teaching, and I think giving back is important. Teaching helps me grow as a performer, and it is another way I give back. I do not think my life would be complete if I could not perform, though. 🤓