Ben Hogwood

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Ben has always had a thing for music, since early introductions to classical by his parents that led him to play cello at school. He also played in school orchestras, much to his embarrassment, and wowed the school assembly with a one-fingered rendition of Jean Michel Jarre's Rendezvous Houston on keyboard - an auspicious start! He pursued music to degree level at university in Guildford, achieving some late notoriety for bringing his own Prodigy-style rave fest to a classically educated audience. By then he had embraced dance music in all its mid-1990s glory, and it sat nicely alongside his classical and rock tendencies (with a weakness for the progressive). As a result, Ben's record collection is a happy mix of all sorts of styles. Born in Norwich, he grew up in Norfolk for eighteen years in the 'overspill' town of Thetford, where as Del Amitri might say, "nothing ever happens". Norwich is a different story though - he supports the football team (mostly from afar). Ben's spare time takes in much music and football, but he also enjoys art, movies, travel, TV, good food and beer. He now lives near Forest Hill in a cosy flat with a patient girlfriend and Futurama-inspired cats Leela and Fry, who somehow dodge his CD collection. One day he dreams of a place where he doesn't trip over CDs every day. (We don't believe him, but this is what he says. - ed) As well as writing for musicOMH, Ben reviews dance albums for other publications, writes artist biographies for the Virgin Encyclopedia of Pop and dons his classical hat for the occasional contribution to Metro. Ben is on Twitter: @Benjammin22
Ben Hogwood

Articles by Ben Hogwood

Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxymore (Album Reviews)
Simple Minds – Direction Of The Heart (Album Reviews)
Lightning Seeds – See You In The Stars (Album Reviews)
Fujiya & Miyagi – Slight Variations (Album Reviews)
Editors – EBM (Album Reviews)
Tim Burgess – Typical Music (Album Reviews)
Michelle Branch – The Trouble With Fever (Album Reviews)
The Mars Volta – The Mars Volta (Album Reviews)
Turin Brakes – Wide-Eyed Nowhere (Album Reviews)
Sampa The Great – As Above, So Below (Album Reviews)
Santigold – Spirituals (Album Reviews)
Robbie Williams – XXV (Album Reviews)
Bruce Hornsby: “Most people in the pop world want to live a white note life. I’m interested in a little more adventure” – Interview (Music Interviews)
Kasabian – The Alchemist’s Euphoria (Album Reviews)
Laura Veirs @ Union Chapel, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
Gwenno – Tresor (Album Reviews)
Martin Courtney – Magic Sign (Album Reviews)
Nick Mulvey – New Mythology (Album Reviews)
Bruce Hornsby – ‘Flicted (Album Reviews)
Everything Everything – Raw Data Feel (Album Reviews)
Moderat – MORE D4TA (Album Reviews)