Birmingham Alabama is bursting at the seams with incredible talent, from an amazing visual arts community to some of the best music in the Southeastern region. We have all the talent but not a whole lot of resources to find out about it.
Welcome to Monotonia is a Birmingham web series designed to expose the pure raw talent of both the local and traveling artist and musicians who perform in our city!
Compiled here in it’s entirety is the incredibly binge worthy Season 1 of Welcome to Monotonia.
Who is Ben Smolin? Ben is a local musician and performance artist. To be more descriptive, he does “a lot of weird performance art and really weird music.” Weird. That may speak to what, but not who. I don’t pretend to know anyone well enough to speak to who they are. I feel in order to do that, you have to truly know someone or atleast get to know them. We sought after Ben to learn more about who he is, but we were declined an interview, forcing us to speak to what he is.
First, let’s go back to the declined interview. Have you began to form any opinions yet? I’ll be completely honest, I didn’t necessarily expect the response that we got, especially given that Ben messaged us about his upcoming show this weekend at Syndiate Lounge. But I guess I wasn’t necessarily surprised by it either. “Of course,” I thought, “this makes perfect sense.”
Let me back up to the first time I saw Ben Smolin perform live. People don’t know what to think when they see him the first time. “Weird,” is probably one of the first things that…