Monday, 14 November 2011

Coffee, beards and rock: Craig Benzine and Driftless Pony Club

The chances of finding musicians you've never heard before on YouTube is pretty high, considering how much variety is on there. I've had the same pleasure, starting with watching my favourite video blogger, Craig Benzine, aka Wheezy Waiter.

"Wheezy Waiter" is a name that includes Benzine's asthma problems and his former employment as a waiter. A pretty creative name, considering how many users on YouTube have strange sequences of numbers or a scramble of upper- and lower-case lettering. That's what separates the amateurs from the pros.

Anyway, Craig Benzine is one of the funniest people on the internet. His humor is original, silly and it catches you quickly. He started his YouTube channel with vlogs of his life as a waiter and would reflect on some of the situations that happened at his workplace. Since then, he evolved to become a full time YouTuber and earns his money through making original content multiple times a week. Yes, you can earn money through YouTube. A dream job for most internet enthusiasts, I think!

To let you see what he actually does, check this out!

Benzine also happens to be in a band called Driftless Pony Club, an indie rock band whose fanbase origins from the YouTube community, and those who really dig deep into the music vaults. They have released four studio albums, with their most recent one being "Buckminster", which was released this year. Their music is influenced by many bands, including The Pixies, Modest Mouse and even Weezer. With his friends Matt Weber (Guitar/Backup vocals), Sam Grant (Bass) and Nate Bartley (Drums), Benzine created many great songs that have reached out to younger generations through the internet. Here's a pretty witty one, called "Inspectors of Inspectors" from "Buckminster":

When you browse through Benzine's videos of the tours the band went on, you can see for a few seconds, how teens and young adults fill the coffee shops and bars they play at, screaming frantically to the camera Benzine uses to capture the emotions during the concert. It amazes me to see how much good Benzine and his band have produced over the years. I'd see teens and adults taking a marker and drawing a beard around their mouths and on their cheeks and wink at the camera for Benzine to put it on his videos.

It's just great to see that inspiration can come from anywhere. Not to mention great music! Craig, thanks for entertaining us with your humor and your band!

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