One Track Mind: Ben Dorenfeld
Ben Dorenfeld, Senior Music Producer at Anomaly New York, embraces the ebb and flow of his lockdown aural experience, and says there's never anything guilty about enjoying music as he reveals his playlist for the Elements Music Isolation Radio Station.
What's the song you've listened to most during this isolation period?
I've found myself turning to a lot of different music during this experience. I think it ebbs and flows with the ups, downs, and in-betweens but it has all helped ground me. Cayendo by Frank Ocean [below] is in heavy rotation. Ian Isiah and Onyx Collective's cover of Blue Moon is absolutely gorgeous. From top to bottom, Illusion Of Time by Daniel Avery and Alessandro Cortini is a beautiful release. I grew up on punk rock and I will never not be listening to it. Cause of Pain by On Sight is punishing and I look forward to the album.
My friend, Jacquelyn Wells, recently put out a new song called All I'll Ever Know. We've known each other since we were 13-years-old and it's comforting to hear a familiar and very talented voice.
What track always gets you on the dance floor?
Anything Megan Thee Stallion [below].
What's your 'guilty pleasure' track?
I concur with Nick Keenan on this one. There is nothing guilty about listening to music.
What song always makes you turn off the stereo when it comes on?
I look to music for positivity now more than ever so a song won't make me turn off the stereo but other noise/people will.
We can't go out right now, but when we're finally allowed to head out for a night on the town, what track will you listen to while you're getting ready?
Prior to heading indoors full time, I took an afternoon walk through Prospect Park on one of the sunniest days we've had this year in NY while listening to Eternal Atake by Lil Uzi Vert. I haven't been able to listen to that album since because it makes me long for that day too much, but I'm hoping to relive that day on another sunny afternoon very soon.
The last show I went to before NY shut down was Pop Smoke at Kings Theatre. He never showed and although I was fortunate enough to catch him last summer at MoMA PS1, this would unfortunately be my last chance. When NY can go outside and safely see each other once again, Welcome to the Party will be there to open the door for me.
Stay safe, healthy, and take care of each other. Thank you to all of the frontline workers who are the reason we will be able to head out once again.