Most people on here, from reading the history will know I used to be in a band with Lauren Blackston. Well, the other day we met up and got some lunch at Jesses Cafe, and this happened...
Once again, Fort Amherst Halloween Horrors was a hit. Loved every minute of it. My involvement still upset some members of the radical Christian community again but actually, that doesn't bother me.
Halloween has always been a season close to my heart and no amount of pressure from those will radical faith perspectives will ever take this away.
Check out below for the music video we filmed to "This Is Halloween" from Tim Burton's 'A Nightmare Before Christmas'.
Time to relax and chill now. Hope you all had a good Halloween!
Ben Rist has published his debut book. It's a philosophical view point of how everyone can co-exist regardless of views, beliefs or ethics.
The book will be called "Lilitherian" and will be available to read on Kindle on the 1st November 2018.
It is available for pre-order now,
Dear Jeremy Corbyn and The UK Labour Party,
I dislike and disagree with most of what the right wing say but I have to post that it is so disheartening and disgusting that we, as a party, or even the more left wing do not fight against the trauma of those falsely accused of crime.
Getting arrested, sitting in custody, not yet knowing the full story of why you have been arrested, anxiety jetting through you, then you find out the story from your legal aid that has been provided for you. You are upset, angry and anxious.
Then it's time for your interview. The officer in charge asking you a million questions in a harsh tone as if you did something wrong, when you haven't.
Next, it's time to go home. The hurt and the trauma are existing. Your phone has been taken and because you live in a hostel, you don't have access to a laptop. You make music, write poems, do some graphic design on your phone. Your outlet has been taken away for the police to search. Your DNA has been taken (this will prove your innocence, so that is cool, but still) you feel violated, humiliated and judged by society.
You go outside after going home. Wondering what everyone's thinking about you. You become paranoid. You then start questioning everyone who has told you they've been sexually assaulted or raped. You used to believe that there was "no smoke without fire" - now you know different. Your trust and everything you once believed. Shattered.
This is an accusation, that could get you beat up, so you give up on socialising. Your friends say they believe you, but you wonder if there just saying it to your face. If it was the other way round, you'd have doubts.
A month later, you get your phone back. You finally have your outlet back but still, the damage has already been done. Your planning a day to end it all. The pressure has got too much. You've now read about the false convictions that happen on he said/she said "evidence", your whole world is already different. Your life has already changed and further more everything, your life is on hold.
You might as well end it. You plan a specific date and a specific time in a specific way. It will be easier. You tell no-one about your plans as they might presume your guilty bc you want to escape, however, you want to escape because everything's changed. You can't trust anyone.
A couple of months in, you get threatened. People are judging you based on hearsay. You phone the officer in charge. He seems really nice this time and just tells you he's waiting on the DNA.
You think about moving your suicide forward to now but it would be obvious. It has to be that specific date and that specific time because it would be less obvious.
A month after the threat, you have a phone call from the officer in charge saying the case has been marked with No Further Action. You tell him how this has affected you, and he tells you that he knows what happened and you are innocent. You were just trying to help someone by administering first aid and to not let it ruin your life.
It's easier for him to say. You finally feel a little bit more free. You decide not to end it on that specific day. The trauma still exists though. The trust you had in anyone is shattered.
Imagine if that was you, this is a real story, it's my story.
There is no help for those falsely accused. No specific counselling service. The 2% figure of false allegations has been disproven as it has no basis. If you research, you find out that out of sexual assault or rape allegations, 41% of them could be proven false. Do your own research. Read police statistics, talk to police officers. Find out the truth for yourself. Don't just believe my word.
It's actually criminal that we, as a party, in unity don't stand up and campaign publicly for those falsely accused.
We should hang our heads in shame. The right wing are standing up and this is a time when we can all unite as a people and stand up for the trauma faced by hundreds of thousands of people (maybe more) in the UK.
So, there comes a point in every musicians career that they need to re-invent themselves. It's about protecting your own integrity and the truth inside you.
I cannot say, having been working and grinding musically for a year and a half, it's been easy. It hasn't.
There has been deaths, a false allegation, consistent heartbreak, rejection, pain, anger and hurt. It's been a rough ride.
To have presented a tracklist in a certain way for issues that are real to myself and to other people be changed was heartbreaking. The emotional trauma that I wanted to share was real. It was reality. Not just to me but to so many others.
It would be disrespectful to myself and others going through this stuff too. It's all in there.
The art that I make and spend time on, the music, the lyrics, the graphic design all take so much time. I was excited about it and the opportunity it presents to help others. Especially when someone has lied about you.
I am not trying to slag off individuals. They are not emotionally tied with it. They are looking at it from a selling perspective. I get that. For me, it's not about that. This is real.
Whilst we are working out final legalities, I have changed record labels. We are hoping to have an announcement ready mid-week.
Love and peace,
The Reality Massacre will be released on the 4th February 2019. The tracklist will be as follows:
Release Date: 4th Feb 2019
Pre-Order Date: 31st October 2018
It's taken a while and this one is almost complete. I promised an album after the false allegation and this is kind of in response to that as well as other things in my life over the past year. I am actually really proud of this one as theres still a pop vibe but theres also rock on the album too.
Theres something for everyone.
Album: The Reality Massacre
Release Date: 04.02.2019
It's taken a long road to get here but it's time. It's also time to start doing more shows and tours.
I want to thank so many people who have inspired this album and supported me personally throughout this time.
Chan, Abi, Darren, Chloe, Alice, Lolz, Lee, Linda, Emma, Jon, Luke, Sam, Gary & Liam... Theres loads I missed but i'd be forever typing and i'm sorry.
See you all soon,
Life seems to be full of drama and once again an incident has delayed the new album process. My phone was stolen from my home and it has been reported to the police however, like, once before when my phone was stolen, I have very little hope of getting it back. My phone is my music studio and my digital art studio so EVERYTHING is on hold until I manage to get a new one.
The phone was stolen by a drug abuser and I just want to highlight the affects of drug users on the community and speak out about recent things I have witnessed as a result of having little choice but hanging out with some of them.
The effects of drug abuse on the community is severe and so much time goes into other things that drugs are not seen to be taken seriously by the police. In order to get their fix, drug abusers steal things, sell themselves, mug other people, and these are not taken seriously by the police. The other affects are the violence that it can cause on our streets, drug users are often paranoid people who get stressed out if they can't get their fix.
This violence is often seen by children or other people.
When people talk about this subject, they often mention the problems but they don't mention solutions or ask why. So why?
Talk to drug users and they all have stories, often of abuse, being failed by the system, mental illness self medication or being in the wrong crowd. These are not excuses but reasons, alot of young people turn to this as a way of lig
Ben Rist has recently teamed up with ITV Fixers to create a video to let people know how to deal with anxiety. It comes in three simple steps #R3. Please share the video with as many people as you can and use #R3.