Launch Ramp

Five years later, Ben Kweller is taking off on his own.

"I didn't even wanna continue with those guys, because I'd been holding on for so long," he says. "The passion wasn't there. I fired everyone that was involved with Radish, and was like, from now on, I'm only working with people that have the passion and love what I do. At the end of the day, you want a team. You don't want someone who's working with you who just wants you because they think you're going to be famous or the next big thing.

"I was definitely bummed that [the original version of Sha Sha] didn't get put out, because I really love that album," he continues. "But, you know, at the same time, everything happened so perfectly. Because had that album been released, nothing would have happened. They wouldn't have done anything to it. I don't know how many people would have heard it. Now I'm in a position where I have a great team around me that are going to make sure that my music gets to as many people as they can find. It gave me time to really figure out what I wanted to do."

No expectations necessary: Ben Kweller has emerged as a songwriter beyond his years.
Alyssa Scheinson
No expectations necessary: Ben Kweller has emerged as a songwriter beyond his years.
Ben Kweller started over a couple of years ago, armed with an acoustic guitar and a Volvo.
Alyssa Scheinson
Ben Kweller started over a couple of years ago, armed with an acoustic guitar and a Volvo.

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