In August, 1998, at the young age of 18, I moved from the countryside to the big city to pursue my dream. 300 concerts, 8 albums, and a whole slew of tours later, I celebrate the fulfilling journey that it's been, and look forward to many more years to come.
Ben Kuzay has released his new solo album Stream Of Consciousness today, August 11, 2018. This album features an all-star line-up of guests, including: Jimmy Pitts (PITTS/MINNEMAN, SPASTIC INK, THE FRACTURED DIMENSION), Jim Dofka (LEATHER LEONE), Darin Moore (DARIN MOORE MAELSTROM), Kirk Tatnall (TATNALL/GRASSEL SUPERAXE TRIO, ALPHA TRANSIT), and Daniel Kuzay (BEN KUZAY BAND).
About the new cd, Kuzay had this to say: "I feel that this is my finest work, and surpasses any of my previous cds by a wide margin. I did a better job as producer than I did on my previous efforts. As time and experience mounts over the years, accompanying it is clarity of vision and determination to bring that vision into being." Stream Of Consciousness was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Spencer Fox at No Passenger Studio, a mobile facility based in Madison, Wisconsin. Kuzay has previously worked with recording engineers Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, DEICIDE, DROWNING POOL, MONSTROSITY) and Joel Wanasek (MACHINE HEAD, DOPE, TRAPT).
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I arrived home on May 13 from a successful jaunt! Thanks to everyone who came out and saw me on my 'Rebirth' Midwest Mini-Tour!
And thanks to all of the venues who hosted me (in chronological sequence):
Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso
Coffee Lodge and Bakery in Plymouth
Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar
The Friendly Fox
Ben Kuzay - 'Stream Of Consciousness'
Release Date: 8-11-2018
1. House Of Black Light
3. Computer Takeover
4. March Of The Tulips
5. Soular Flare
9. The Dark Cowboy
10. An Engulfing Spiral Fury
11. The Path To The Castle
12. Knight Song
13. Ethereal Sojourn
15. Love In The Sunshine Of Youth
Ben Kuzay - bass guitar, keyboard, guitar
Jimmy Pitts Music - lead keyboard in "Labyrinth"
Darin Moore - lead guitar in "Labyrinth"
Kirk Tatnall Guitar - lead guitar in "The Dark Cowboy"
Jim Dofka - lead guitar in "Retaliation"
Daniel Kuzay - lead keyboard in "The Path To The Castle"
Produced by Ben Kuzay
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Spencer Fox at No Passenger Studio
Our debut album 'Reveries From The Haunted' was released the day before yesterday! It is available on cd or download here. Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles ran a story on the album's release. We released our first single "Broken" a week ago, and it is streaming here.
Happy New Year!
The title of the new Ben Kuzay cd is Stream Of Consciousness! I have been in the studio since November, 2016 recording this album. We have mixed about half of the cd, though there are a couple of tracks that have not begun to be tracked yet; so, all-in-all, I'd say that we're about 2/3 of the way finished with the tracking and mixing. The reason it is taking so long is that I have been performing live and/or in the studio in several other projects (a couple of which have not yet been announced) during this time, as well. Yes, 2017 was an action-packed year for me!
2017 saw me singing publicly for the first time both on a cd release and in live performances, in Cognition!
It also saw me playing in the first cover band I've ever played in. Unbeknownst to me for the first two months I was in the band, the guitarist had not played a show in 8 1/2 years, so he was not in a mindset to perform live; thus, we only played two shows. Those were great experiences for me, though.
I got to play in a project with Matt Thompson of King Diamond!
I did two mini-tours of my one-man instrumental show of my namesake, as has become tradition for me. These were very successful, as always. I also performed quite a few local instrumental shows.
Realm Of Glass' debut album 'Reveries From The Haunted' will be released on January 17th!
Ben Kuzay Stream Of Consciousness will be released in spring or summer!
I arrived home from tour on Monday. The jaunt was fun and successful, and as always I am refreshed and exhilarated. The years of practice, toil, and hardship that I have put into my music career really are paying off, as some of the venue owners have real personal appreciation for me as an artist. Most musicians never experience being treated as anything more meaningful than a statistic in a venue's revenue calculations, so I am very happy with what I've achieved on that count. My reputation is growing with the fans at some of these venues I've played over and over, too. I saw some familiar faces this time around. Everyone was real happy to see me again.
Of the seven shows that were scheduled, I played six. Little Angie's in Duluth tried pulling a fast one on me, and they flopped on their belly. You see, the one time I played there previously (last spring), the booker handed me my paycheck, and then later on after I performed, the bartender told me that they weren't able to make me my check, but that they will mail it out to me the next day. I thought "You moron, if I hadn't been given my check and you said that, the only way you would be able to get me to leave tonight is to have the police tell me to leave." I said "The booker already handed me my paycheck." The bartender, appearing baffled and a bit nervous, said "That's weird." Weird, huh? So, fast-forward to this fall. About fifteen minutes after I walked into the venue, a woman who identified herself as the supervisor who's acting as the manager that night, informed me that the manager, on her way out, nonchalantly mentioned in passing that they don't have my check for me, but that I can come in the next day and get it. So, I ordered up my free meal, texted the booker who replied that he'd mail me the check the next day himself, then I walked back into the venue and told them that I'm not playing. I left, happy to have had them prepare a meal for nothing. It's the least I could do to them for having a scam going where they tell musicians that they don't have their check for them. Lee Harrison (Monstrosity's founding member) taught me by example on the tour I did playing for them in 2008- he sucked up loss after loss of hundreds of dollars spent on gas getting to this or that venue, rather than stick around and play the show and give in, just to recoup some money and keep it cool with the fans. Lee's attitude was "Let the fans express their dissatisfaction to the venue in whatever ways they choose, and teach the promoter a lesson about what happens when they commit fraud on us." Those experiences helped shape my way of conducting this aspect of my solo tours.
The Pyre is the name of the brand-new band featuring Ben Kuzay on bass guitar, Matt Thompson on drums, Shaun Schwanke on guitar, Erik O'Reilly on keyboard, and Alec Harrah on vocals. They are currently recording their debut album for a 2018 release, and have just published their self-titled debut single. The song was recorded and mixed by Shaun Schwanke at Auditory Bliss Studio in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, except drums which were recorded by Matt Thompson at Whakatane Studio in Denton, Texas.