Recently TST reviewed the Breaking Benjamin show in Augusta, Georgia. The rock band from Pennsylvania is currently on tour with Three Days Grace and Flyleaf in support of their 2009 release Dear Agony, but TST’s Chris Green had a chance to speak to Breaking Benjamin’s Aaron Fink in between their very demanding tour schedule and ask him a few questions about how Breaking Benjamin came to be, their new album and their upcoming tour with Nickelback.
Ben formed the band back in 98′, and you joined in 2001, how did you guys meet?
We went to middle school and high school together, so we knew each other for years. I was with BB in 98′ which was the original version and then Ben left and then reformed the band in 2001 and I joined New Years 2002. We were always in sister bands. We lived one block apart growing up so there is a lot of history.
Is there a story behind the band name Breaking Benjamin?
Ben was playing a show and at the end of the set he threw the microphone down and when the next act came on the stage the singer said something like “thanks to Ben for breaking the fucking mic” and it just stuck. It’s a play on words and it seems to work, it’s memorable.
Where do you draw your creativity from?
Some people have creative minds and some not so much. I don’t think creativity can be taught, it’s a natural ability that artists have. I grew up in an artist environment. My dad is a writer and my sister is an artist so I was always around that and I think that helped.
In an interview with Cage Rattle, Ben stated that he is writing so much for the new album that it is consuming his life. Do you tend to follow that same path of letting the album take over your life?
Ben wrote the majority of the music and lyrics so he always puts his heart in the music. And he is a perfectionist and he always has to put his stamp of approval on the projects so most of it is on him. With the labels, we have been around long enough now where the label gives us the space to be creative and take our time. I could write 10 songs in an hour but it doesn’t mean they will be great.
David Bendeth has produced the last three albums for the band. What is it about David that you keep bringing him back to help with your studio projects?
He’s really cheap, ha. There is a lot of history with David and the label is comfortable with him. He is able to create polished music and helps us with pre-production of the project, but he really doesn’t interfere with the process, he just assists. He actually mixed the new album, he had is hand in the finished product more so that the past, so he was a little more in charge with this one.
You have been on tour with Three Days Grace and Flyleaf over past few months, any interesting experiences or favorite places you have played?
We certainly have drank a lot of beer on this tour. We go out and have fun after the shows and touring with these guys has been a blast because we are all good friends.
Your live show is amazing and one of the things that stands out in your current performance is a rendition of Dream On by Aerosmith in which you show a montage of past musicians who have influenced the music world. Is there a musician who stands out in your mind as being one of the reasons you got into music?
There was a defining moment when I was 12 with my older brother, listening to Metallica’s For Whom The Bell Tolls, and once I heard that , something clicked that made me want to play music. I was really into Metallica growing up and that is why I play, but I love all genres of music but I have never actually seen them live nor have met them. It’s something I always wanted to do. I heard they still play the classics.
You’re coming to Atlanta on April 21st with Nickelback and Shinedown. This will be the first time you have played in Atlanta for a few years so your fans will be excited to see you, any message you want to send them?
If you like our music we would love for you to come see us live, we always try to put on the best show for our fans and if you like a big rock show, we would love to have you!
For more on Breaking Benjamin and their upcoming tour dates click HERE.
Chris Green, Contributor