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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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