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Check Out Ben Maillaro’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ben Maillaro.

Hi Ben, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up with music playing around me pretty much all the time. My mom was super into the 80’s stuff like Def Leppard and Duran Duran, and my dad was big into classic rock like The Who and Zeppelin. When I was ten they stuck me in after-school guitar lessons at School of Rock which pretty quickly became the only things I looked forward to each week. I met a bunch of great musicians my age there and started writing songs with them in the rehearsal rooms before starting a band and gigging around town anywhere that would let kids onstage. Since then I’ve stuck mainly with the same musicians (Jake DeMarco and Nate Tharp) and together we’ve made a habit of dipping our toes in a bunch of different genres, most recently joining Grant Livingston’s folk-jam fun-fest.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’ve been extremely lucky so far. My parents have always been incredibly supportive and I’ve had no trouble finding musicians to collaborate and work with. Of course, COVID put a damper on things, but it did give me an opportunity to dive deeper into music without distractions.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Primarily I’m a guitarist, but lately, I’ve been working more on being a songwriter and a bandmate. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my band, In Plain Air, so figuring out my place within that broader musical context has been a lot of work and a lot of fun, and the result that we’ve come to together is something I’m really proud of.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
I get a lot of inspiration out of books, specifically those written by authors who aren’t afraid to deal with the hard questions. Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and The Crossing have been recent favorites.

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