Musician, author, comedian - is there nothing Jules Benjamin can't do?!
Jules Benjamin was born in 1967, in the 'summer of love'. Actually it was the 'late spring of love', but that's nowhere near as cool.
He is music through and through: "Being creative is about all I'm good at", he told us.
"I've played piano since I was 5, guitar since 11, bass, drums and sax since teens. Now I estimate that I can play 'Oh When The Saints Go Marching In' on 37 different instruments. However, I've yet to find a purpose for this particular talent."
Jules has made a living out of playing music pretty much since leaving school, and hasn't starved yet, although one distant winter was apparently spent dining on nothing better than alphabet spaghetti on toast.
Jules has craved success and recognition since he can remember… "Oh I'm a typical younger sibling from a broken home, the constant need to compete and stand out.
"Until I realised I had a talent for something, this used to manifest itself in rather problematic ways.
"I used to get into all sorts of trouble until I managed to channel my energies into productive and creative things. I sometimes still get into scrapes, but that's normally because I have a problem with the world, or just want to challenge authority."
So Jules is still striving greater success, and honestly admits that he doesn't care how it comes.
Is there anything artistic he doesn't do?
"Well, the two things I've always wanted to be able to do are dance and paint.
"But for one so coordinated with musical instruments, I'm afraid my legs refuse to do as they're told.
"As for my painting, it looks like the work of a random-minded, drunken, amputee child wearing a heavy blindfold.
"Still, that's good enough to win the Turner prize these days."
You can listen to all the latest music from across the two counties on the Friday Session, every week from 7pm, on BBC Hereford & Worcester.
last updated: 16/01/2009 at 22:56
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