Beloved Australian singer-songwriter, activist, and lo-fi pop legend Ben Lee.
From his first acoustic-driven solo album, Grandpaw Would in 1995 (featuring Liz Phair), Ben’s songs have always attempted to take his most complex and existential romantic yearnings and compress them into sublimely catchy and melodic pop songs.
This seemingly paradoxical quest has generated some wonderful results over the years. ‘Cigarettes Will Kill You’, from 1999’s Breathing Tornadoes, has become a modern Australian classic. 2005’s Awake is the New Sleep brought Ben to worldwide attention, generating the double-platinum, ARIA-winning hit ‘Catch My Disease’ and the enduring ‘We’re All in this Together’, a song that has become an anthem of sorts for a troubled world over the past year.
“I don’t look at life as a linear adventure,” he explains “I very rarely know where I’m going next – I follow what I am passionate about and where I can be useful.”