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Who are you and where are you from?
Ben Trenerry, vocalist and guitarist from the band Prince Bishop. I’m originally from Consett but now live on the other side of Durham, surrounded by trees.  

What is it you do?
I write the songs for the band Prince Bishop.  Our sound is probably best described as alt rock but all sorts of stuff influences us.  I lean more towards 70’s prog and obscura,  I like the dynamic and atmospherics of bands such as Pink Floyd and King Crimson who take you on musical-journeys.  That said; I do love a catchy tune.

How long have you been doing it?
Forever.  I can’t imagine not writing – it helps me make sense of myself and the world.  Music is therapeutic, right?  I started writing songs as soon as I picked up the guitar, I kinda skipped the part where you learn other people’s songs and technique.  Maybe someday?

What inspires you?
Oh, everything really.  I find people and history fascinating.  These past few years have been insightful, it’s given me a lot to write about.  

Tell us about your music.
I’m an openly spiritual guy, I meditate every day and have done for a lot of years and this influences the music I create.  I try to write stuff that is uplifting or consoling in some way.  Certain types of music, or chords or melodies can open the mind in positive ways.  I’m really, really interested in that.  Music is magical isn’t it?

What have you got coming up in the future?
Our single ‘Come Alive’ is out in November with our debut album ‘All is Due’, out next year.  These recordings were finished before the pandemic, which has delayed their release so we are really excited to have people hear them.  I have started writing a follow up and hope to record that next year if the universe will let us.

*Where can people find out more about you?
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