Lawrence, KS based songwriter Ben Snook is the maestro behind his newest project, christened Ben Dipper. Drawing from various ambient influences, and fusing them with infectious vocal hooks reminiscent of late 90s shoegaze, Snook blends the two thoughtfully together, while carefully crafting intricate percussion patterns that bring every element into one, harmonious, hypnotic ride.
Spending his formative years studying classical and jazz theory before eventually concentrating almost entirely on creative endeavors at the age of 15, Snook cites outfits such as Sigur Ros, The Sea and Cake, and Tortoise for reasons why he started writing original songs. He relocated to Lawrence in 2014 after his high school bands (sighs, MURALS), helped make a name for himself in the local Wichita, KS scene. Captivated by a newfound hip hop instrumental scene spearheaded by the likes of Flying Lotus and Teebs, Snook began creating ambient techno/beat music under the moniker In Vivid. With this project, he began to focus on exploratory production and recording techniques that emphasized a heavy backbeat and warm, swirling instrumental samples. Three successful releases later, he caught the attention of David Lord (Francis Moss, Solagget), who recruited him to contribute percussion parts on his new project called Miki Moondrops. Their 2016 debut album, “Vegetable Head” was met with admirable regional success.