Ben and Nate

Ben and Nate

BandAlternativeRock

Ben and Nate’s main goal is to create an original sound that appeals to all audiences and their various tastes by investigating numerous stylistic possibilities for inspiration, such as blues, 60s classic rock, 70s R&B and 90s alternative and funk rock as well as classical music.

Biography

Originally hailing from Sparta, New Jersey, Ben Katzen and Nate Ochiltree met in their junior year of high school and began experimenting with music for guitar and cello in their senior year. The partnership led to the subsequent formation of a more conventionally-orchestrated ensemble (guitar and cello with bass and drums), with which Katzen and Ochiltree gigged for a short while under the name Wash. After the band's performances brought limited success and bleak prospects for the future, Ben and Nate broke off from Wash and began performing as a duo. The two found inspiration in the rock, funk and jazz stylings of artists such as Beck, Ween, Wild Cherry, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Medeski, Martin and Wood. Ben and Nate also draw upon classical music, such as the Bach cello suites and the etudes of David Popper, for influence. With their primary aim being to produce a mature sound that is unusual but still can reach out to anybody with any sort of musical preference, they write most of their music by playing with a variety of pleasant-sounding licks and piecing them together in a fashion that is intended to draw the listener’s attention and still maintain the unique, unearthly quality of an experimental rock band.