Local Mix 011 —
Ben Woods is a familiar face on the Christchurch music scene having played in some of our favourite local bands (Wurld Series, Fran and Salad Boys). He's now gone solo and has released two singles that we're pretty big fans of. Read on to learn a bit more about Ben and have a listen to the playlist that he's put together for us!
Ben Woods. I've lived in Christchurch my whole life. Spent a lot of time grovelling around the city playing in indie bands, now I'm living over through the tunnel and writing/recording on my own.
My idea behind the mix...
Just looking through things I've saved over the last 3 or so years and throwing it all at the wall. A questionable mix between lo-fi bangers and slow-jams, from both NZ and abroad.
My favourite brands are...
Opshop buys keep coming to mind. I recently got an Assembly Label linen shirt I'm very fond of. Have had a pair of vegan Dr Martens that have done the dash too. My flat mate got me a pair of McKinlay's with Last Footwear Company soles that I love. They make me feel like a saucy farmer.
My favourite spots in Christchurch...
R.T.B., One of the world's greatest scenic walks. The bars where I get staff discount–Civil & Navel and Space Academy. Really good Sri Lankan spot on Colombo Street called Ceylon Kitchen run by this ice/margarine sculptor named Sudath. I went by there recently and it's all gone! Hoping he hasn't moved too far. (Editor's note: Ceylon Kitchen has moved to 173 St Asaph St.)
My fashion icons...
David Byrne, Guy Picciotto, Mike Hadreas, sometimes Bruce Springsteen. Also my flatmate Allanah Kwant. She's deep in the fashion game so is often coming home with immaculate garments I find myself becoming very jealous of. I wouldn't spend eight hundred dollars on a pair of pants, but she's defo gotten the closest to convincing me.
My go to performance outfit...
Either whatever is cosy or my 'big pants look'.