Ben Locke is no stranger to finding the ultimate upcoming music, and for Vol. 15, we’re lucky to have him share his latest favorite tracks. After moving to NYC for college, he quickly immersed himself into the city’s music scene by assisting rising talent, and the rest is history. Currently, Ben is the head of A&R and artist relations at Level, constantly searching for emerging artists with a singular perspective and sound. The native New Yorker loves nothing more than getting the opportunity to invest in artists early and assisting them in getting their first industry “win”, whether that looks like finding them a manager or getting their first editorial placement. Ben gives meaning to the word zealous as he embodies what it is to be a successful A&R—someone with both a great ear for the fresh, and a charismatic, genuine persona. At just 24 years old, Ben has already made an impressive name for himself and continues to foster an inclusive and distinctive community of emerging talent, leaving a lasting impression with those who get the pleasure of working with him.
Hong Kong Boyfriend, kmoe, and ella jane, all of whom are Early Rising alumni, are just a handful of artists Ben is stoked to be working on releases with for the near future, so make sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled! But, for now, enjoy Vol. 15.