Ben Rothbard is the front man of the Venice, CA based band Terraplane Sun. Terraplane Sun encompasses all the things I love; A nostalgic California sound, irresstiable hooks and cute surfer boys- of course! I am so proud of these guys as I have watched them on the rise for the past several years, they are really coming into their own and making their mark in the music biz.
You definitely get a California vibe from your music, how has growing up here influenced your sound?
The Cali influence on our sound is undeniable. Growing up here was special. I was definitely a Cali kid, spending the majority of my time surfing and at the beach, so it's probably responsible for an overall attitude in my music than anything. The uplifting feel good vibes of Terraplane Sun.
You've been hard at work with this band for a while, how does it feel to be where your at now: touring, hearing your songs played on commercials and movies, and signing a deal with a major label?
This band has been together for about 3 years now and it's definitely been a journey. Creating, maintaining and inspiring a legitimate rock n' roll band is far and away one of the most challenging endeavors one could ever take on. There are so many factors involved that have to line up, many of them by pure chance, that the odds of success are so slim. We've been very fortunate in the sense that, we all genuinely love each other like brothers and that's hard to come by. We've been working our asses off, so anytime the industry compensates us for the music we've written and performed, it's incredibly rewarding.
What do you miss most about home when your touring?
My family and the ocean. Other than that, I love it!
Hit after hit, after hit, after hit!!! Haha..Gotta shoot for the stars.
Favorite place to play in LA?
The Malibu Inn.
(PS- I saw them there are few weeks ago and it was epic!!)
What can we expect from your next record?
Thanks Dude for the chat! For more on Ben and Terraplane Sun cruise over to their official site here.
Some Terraplane Sun inspired fashion here.