Benjamin David first started creating music at the young age of 13 in his home of Australia, and has since found himself as the creative force behind several successful artist projects. Now, with Mild Minds, David has been able to find solace in returning to his dance music roots, creating a project without pressure and expectation. The result is authentic and unrestricted.Mild Minds was immediately signed to ODESZA's label Foreign Family Collective alongside Aussie...
Benjamin David first started creating music at the young age of 13 in his home of Australia, and has since found himself as the creative force behind several successful artist projects. Now, with Mild Minds, David has been able to find solace in returning to his dance music roots, creating a project without pressure and expectation. The result is authentic and unrestricted.
Mild Minds was immediately signed to ODESZA's label Foreign Family Collective alongside Aussie mates RÜFÜS DU SOL, as well as Big Wild, Jai Wolf, Golden Features, Kasbo, and more. The first time his unreleased music debuted was at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Sydney.
After having a momentous epiphany in Japan, David was immediately compelled to head back to his current home in the states and get started creating music from his new found perspective. His first EP SWIM was written, explored, and created between Joshua Tree and Lake Arrowhead. He states, "I wanted to do something that was completely 'me' in that moment. After being used to working with songs that had elaborate visions over long periods of time, it was nice to make music simply as it came out. Without overthinking it, without pausing or questioning the process like I was used to.”
With the release of SWIM, David created a simultaneously dance-y and introspective project, painting a nuanced story atop of melancholic melodies and lo-fi house influenced beats. The EP garnered over 1 million Spotify plays, with ford., Cabu, and Daedelus on remix duties for various singles.
Early 2019 saw the release of Mild Minds single ‘Embracer’. Lending delicate vocals and minimal strings to guide the track's direction, ‘Embracer’ strikes a perfect balance between the organic and synthetic. Following the release of the single, David joined Big Wild on his North American tour including stops at NYC’s Terminal 5, Philadelphia’s Theater of Living Arts, and DC’s 9:30 Club. He also joined Australian producer/DJ Cassian with two West Coast shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Mild Minds is slated for more music in 2019, with the new album due out on Foreign Family Collective / Counter Records in early 2020. November 6th will see the release of the first single, ‘Movements’, which sees David’s soothing vocals floating across the tracks danceable synths and smooth percussion. “Movements was one of my favorite tracks off the album, it represents a moment in which I really started to find the sound and direction of the album. It doesn't try to be anything whilst simultaneously pointing you in the direction of the album to come,” says David.
Regarding what to expect on the upcoming project, “Its firstly a chance for me to have an outlet to experiment with and create without the usual boundaries”, says David, “ Whether they be personally imposed or due to outside expectations. I like the idea of doing things differently with this project and wanted to see what happens.” Movements fits outside the usual sonic boundaries, allowing for Mild Minds to explore and expand into new horizons.