Born Ben Welborn who goes by the stage name Idle Valley is 19 years old with the zeal of creating undying music which cuts through all genres, alongside his band celebrity pizza party although he received lessons on guitar at 10, he lost interest in the art, but at the age of 13 a bright light spark in him which drove him towards his guitar which he purchased from the most extraordinary man on earth, his late grandfather, the man who played bass on a bunch of Buddy Holly songs.
based in Northwest Arkansas Idle Valley draws great inspiration from events circulating around him. At a point in his career he almost gave up on music because he was ridiculed, but listening to his music we are happy he followed his passion instead of paying attention to them.
When asked about his latest 16 tracks album, this is what he had to say about it
If you enjoy Car Seat Headrest, The Garden, The Strokes, or Pavement, I guarantee you’ll enjoy all the songs on Inobtainable.
Idle Valley shared some more lights on his come-up as a young musician and musical growth in his personal life in a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh.
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What is your stage name
My stage name is Idle Valley
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in everything, could be an episode of Seinfeld, could be an album by The Strokes, or I could get inspired by just going outside. Smoking a little herb also gets me pretty inspired.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
My late grandfather played bass on a bunch of Buddy Holly songs, like “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll be the day“, and he owned a music store in Oklahoma. I bought my first electric guitar and bass from his store and he would play for me every time I visited. I always thought he was the coolest person I know, and I want to keep the musical legacy alive in my family.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I took guitar lessons for a few months when I was 10, but I didn’t care about them at all. I put my guitar down pretty soon after that, but when I turned 13 I would start teaching myself with Yousician and YouTube videos.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
My first concert was Weezer, when I was probably 13 or 14. Blew my mind.
How could you describe your music?
My music is my therapy, so I apply what’s actively going on in my life to my music. My real-life friends know what’s up. Genre-wise, think indie rock, dream pop, with punk influences.
Describe your creative process.
Main musical inspirations are probably The Garden, and Grandaddy.
What musician do you admire most and why?
I admire Donald Glover. He is straight up just an all-star. Funny as hell, amazing at acting, and makes some of the best music of all time. I’m tryna get sushi with him.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
My style has 100% evolved and will keep evolving. If you listen to my first album “Losing My Mind“, you’ll notice how terrible it sounds. That is because I made it on my iPad with no mixing experience. “Inobtainable” sounds SO much better. I dive way deeper into concepts, I have crazy orchestral outros, the mixing is actually listenable, and that cat on the cover art is so cute.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
My main competitor is all the other pretty boys making guitar music on tiktok. I’m taking this farther than they are though. I dropped out, moved out, I’m doing everything to make music work for me.
What are your interests outside of music?
Outside of music, I love buying old picture books from goodwill, cutting them up, and making collages. I also like partaking in legal marijuana use, and I ride my bike.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
My biggest problem has something to do with writer’s block and confidence. I’ll have trouble releasing tracks because I’m insecure about how people will view my music. But then I kinda stopped caring.
What are your plans for the coming months?
My plans in the coming months are just to keep working on my new music, keep pushing Inobtainable, work more with my band Celebrity Pizza Party, and keep paying rent!
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
I collaborate with my buddy Lucca FM on an almost daily basis for our little duo project Celebrity Pizza Party. Very fun music we make with him.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
To my fans, I love y’all, and I plan to give every single one of you a kiss on the forehead.