every time, my dear.
❝ I don’t think my music qualifies as any sort of life lesson or holy message. Music is about memories and something that you can physically attach to so many different times in your life. I’d love to leave people with music that they hold close. If they appreciate the songs, that’s more than enough for me. ❞
— Ben Howard on "What message would you like to leave the world with your music?"
❝ My motive has always been just to be who I am, and play what I love. If that doesn’t get me anywhere then at least it wasn’t because I tried to be something I’m not. ❞— Ben Howard
"The idea of the Communion Collaboration is, that it’s taken in a place like this, somewhere real cosy we’ve got time we’ve got space in a cool part of the world as well you know, it should be a really good thing.” Ben Howard
Ben Howard - Soldiers
oh you watch me steady, you
watch me with such a quiet sincerity
and you hold me heavy, you
hold me like I was born to be held
and the light comes in here, yeah
morning my dear, and the restlessness of arms
and we lie here longing now
words were ours that we’ll never be harmed
‘cause you are dear to me.
Ben playing basketball II Communion Austin to Boston Tour 2012.
Ben and India
every time, my dear.
O’Neill is proud to have Ben Howard, the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter, as one of itsbrand ambassadors.After first developing a cult following among the UK’s tight-knit surfing community, Ben has gone on to cement his reputation as one of the most unique songwriting talents to emerge in recent years.Ben’s popularity exploded in 2011 following the release of ‘Every Kingdom’, his debut studio album that was later nominated for the prestigious 2012 Mercury Prize. The 26-year-old’s arrival on the mainstream international music scene was confirmed earlier this year when he won British Breakthrough Act and British Solo Male Artist at the BRIT Awards 2013A passionate surfer since the age of 11 thanks to an active upbringing on the south-west coast of England, Ben’s long-standing affinity with the ocean, and everything that goes with it, is something that permeates the mellow, semi-acoustic sound he has made his own.As Ben’s popularity has soared, he’s spent an ever-increasing amount of time on the road, performing to sold-out crowds at festivals and gigs across Europe and around the world. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, he always takes time out from his busy schedule to catch a few waves and re-connect with the ocean.”I’m really excited to join O’Neill as a brand ambassador,” said Ben. “It’s going to be a fun adventure."
The collaboration will see Ben working closely alongside our team of designers to create a limited edition O’Neill x Ben Howard signature product series scheduled to launch as part of the spring/summer 2014 collection.
“There’s a couple of waves back home that I love but I rarely get to see them anymore. Had some really good surfs in the North East recently. Fucking cold but some cracking waves shared with some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Starting to realize that the company’s almost as important as the waves.” - Ben Howard