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Ultimatum: Piecing it together

Hello again lovely Ultimators! Ben Scott here, the performer of Ultimatum writing to you directly. Today is a behind the scenes glimpse into how I went about building Ultimatum; I’ve had a lot of people asking how it all came together, so heck why don’t I just tell you?!

It all started with a phone call to my fantastic manager Iain, that went a little something along these lines.

A Phone Conversation in july 2018

Ben Scott: Hi Iain. So what do you think about an epic one-man show, where I do everything all at the same time while playing a bunch of absolute bangers and surrounded by synchronised lights show, smoke and pyrotechnics?

Iain: Erm hello Ben, yes sounds g- hold on…let me just…what??

Manager Iain more than a little pleased to be in charge of lights for the day!

Manager Iain more than a little pleased to be in charge of lights for the day!

Ben Scott: *lots of boring technical information, explaining how we’re now in a time where music technology is so powerful it must be harnessed and used to create things that people have never seen before*

Iain: Is this going to be like the time you said it would be a great idea If we have revolving ice-cream holders, or when you said “it’s about time people had shoe umbrellas?”

Ben Scott: Definitely not like those times I promise.

Iain: …OK let’s meet.

Everything set up and and ready to go!

Everything set up and and ready to go!

And so began my month-long studio exodus to figure out how on earth to make it happen.

After an awful lot of hard graft and banging my head against a desk, it came together, and surpassed all expectations the team and I had. The following photos are from the promotional video shoot!

The brilliant photographer  Adam Prosser  took huge amounts of care in placing all the equipment in just the right spot.

The brilliant photographer Adam Prosser took huge amounts of care in placing all the equipment in just the right spot.

Only part one of the load-in!

Only part one of the load-in!

Finally, check out this time-lapse of setting the whole thing up!

Ultimatum: Playing to Twenty Thousand people - what's it like?

Hello Ultimatum followers! Ben Scott here again, the creator and performer of Ultimatum.

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It’s been a brilliant week of rehearsals and Ultimatum show programming - I just can’t wait to bring it to you! I wanted to take a moment to share with you some more of the experiences I’ve had in my professional career as a session musician, which contributed to creating Ultimatum. Principally, the experience of performing in front of crowds of tens of thousands - and the pressures and mentality that come along with being able to handle such extreme circumstances! 

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Firstly: you’ve got to keep your cool. Walking out on stage to that many people isn’t exactly something we do everyday; so confidence in your ability to nail the job is paramount. There’s no room for asking questions now - so you’ve got to be right in the moment, 100% present. Trust that you know what you’re doing.

Secondly: Know your gear. In live performance, any number of things can go wrong at any point…and you’ve got to know how to solve them at the drop of a hat. Guitar string broke? Speaker blown? Drum stick snapped? The audience doesn’t care what problems you might have - they care about listening to the music…so solve it however you must and do so in style!

These are just a few things that I remember when performing to any audience, no matter how big or small. 

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…and finally: Enjoy it! A performer who isn't enjoying them selves will be noticed, even by the last person in an audience of 20,000! We can continue to enjoy ourselves as a performer by remaining relaxed when on stage, not getting flustered, and trusting ourselves.


Check back in soon for another Ultimatum update. And keep your emails and questions coming - I love to help out wherever I can!

Ben Scott  // Creator and Performer of Ultimatum

www.benscottlondon.com

Ultimatum: The Beginning

…and so it begins! Ben Scott here, the creator and performer of Ultimatum; a revolutionary new form of corporate entertainment and high end wedding entertainment. I’m SO excited for what’s to come in 2019 and thought I’d open things up with a little hello to the wonderful people viewing the Ultimatum site.

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I wanted to kick things off by telling you a little more of my own story, and how Ultimatum came to be. I graduated from the Academy of Contemporary Music in 2010, and was lucky to begin my career as a session musician very shortly after. My first work was with an American singer, signed to Island records at the time, and called Alex Winston. Over the period of two years I toured the world and recorded with her, meeting international artists and producers along the way - in turn leading to new work, and new friends. It was during this time that I was lucky to find myself in the studio with Ed Sheeran who, at the time, was the new signing for Atlantic Records and busy recording his first album ‘+’. Not long after that I was delighted to receive my first framed record!

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Over the following years I would find myself performing, song writing, producing and directing dozens of incredible artists from all over the world, playing on stages I could have only dreamed of performing upon as a kid - from London’s Brixton Academy and Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, to Glastonbury and Isle of Wight festivals - among hundreds of others.

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Ultimatum is the amalgamation of all of the experience and expertise built up through my years as a performing and studio musician. It’s absolutely everything I have to give creatively, and it’s a true joy to perform on each and every occasion.

Using a combination of cutting-edge music technology, instrumental performance and frontmanship, my aim is to bring you the best entertainment you can possibly get, rivalled by no one and the only one of its kind in the world. Thank you for reading, and I can’t wait to meet you!

Ben Scott

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