J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he became Director Of Video Production for BTRtv.
Also after college, he got heavily involved in the local music scene, playing in various bands. This led to the creation of StereoactiveNYC, an umbrella under which to promote local music. Since 2003, it's been a showlist, a music blog, a video channel, and a sponsor of live shows. And from 2016 to 2019, it was also a podcast on BTRtoday. Also from 2016, 20 2019, he was co-host of The Music Digest.
Additionally, he founded Fort Useless, a non-profit arts and performance venue that grew directly out of StereoactiveNYC, opening in Bushwick in 2009, where it remained until 2014.
In 2019, after more than 21 years in NYC, he moved to Austin, Texas.
He is currently Chief Content Officer at BTRtoday and Executive Producer for BTRtv.
Ben made long walks a part of his quarantine routine once conditions in New York City were safe enough for that activity. On one of those walks, he was faced with a split-second decision to abandon all the caution he’d previously practiced (and which he discussed in a previous episode of 1st Person) in order to come together with strangers to take quick, collective action to save someone from self-harm.
1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters.
Music featured in the episode: "Moon" by Bachelor