Ask the Staff: Ben Schwind
Ben Schwind is the Programming and Communications Specialist for the RME. He is responsible for implementing all field programs and taking the lead on Kidstock and the Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp.
Ben grew up in the Quad Cities, and has been coming to the RME since its infancy. He participated in and later taught at the seasonal music programs, Kidstock and Winter Blues. He looks forward to every day at RME where he gets to pass on his love of music to others.
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What was your first concert?
My dad took me to see Boston. It may be because I was so young but I still remember it as one of the loudest concerts I’ve ever been to. When they played Foreplay/Long Time they brought out a giant organ and Tom Scholtz was dressed in a Phantom of the Opera costume.
What was the first album you bought?
I went to a friend’s house and he had Green Day’s “American Idiot.” We listened to it all the way through and it blew my mind. I went out the next day with my allowance and got my own copy.
Who’s in your super band?
Freddie Mercury needs to be the lead singer, there’s just no better front man. Then I’d have Hendrix playing guitar, Flea on bass, and John Bonham on drums. That right there is one versatile rock band.
You have a ticket to any concert in history, what is it?
The Monterey Pop Festival would be amazing. It’s basically the concert where America was introduced to The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Otis Redding. Also it’s where Hendrix lit his guitar on fire. Hard to beat that.
What’s the last album you listened to?
Calliope Musicals’ Time Owes You Nothing. Saw them play in the Redstone Room and I’ve had their album on repeat ever since.
What’s your go to ‘feel good’ song?
Roll the windows down and turn up “Mo Money Mo Problems.” That song never fails to put me in a good mood.
What’s the saddest song?
Any time I hear Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt,” it gives me chills. So much pain in that song. If you watch the music video with it, it only amplifies that.
People may be surprised you know all the words to what song?
I know “99 Problems” pretty much front to back. My band in high school used to play “99 Red Balloons” and for the 3rd verse transition into Jay-Z. I listened to the “The Black Album” a lot.
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