Benjamin Balair

Location: Calais

Challenge: Hemiplegia


Ben Balair is a drummer, from North of France and was born in 1992.

Ben says "I've always fond for music since I was young. I've decided to start taking private drum lessons while I was only 7 years old. I have always wanted to play and that was what I was going to do. I started music, by learning snare during two years first, then after, I've decidedto take it to the next level... learning to play drums! This has been for me a kind of revelation".

Ben already loved playing the snare drum, but adds "my first drum kit was for me a true playing field"! He then continued to take drum lessons (always with the same drum teacher).

Obviously Ben's disability has influenced the way he is playing drums. He adds "Perhaps, without that I would have been able to play more easily even with a quick rhythm (even if it's still possible for me, byworking we can achieve great things!), I could even have been a better player than I am. But it's also possible that if things had been different, I would never have given a thought to the fact of playing the drums".

Ben has never considered the dificulties as an end in itself.

Ben's drumming heros are: Simon Philips from Toto, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters / Nirvana for sure), Mike Mangini, Dave Weckl, and Steve Gadd.

Ben adds "Today, I'm lucky enough to play drums in several bands with whom I'm lucky to be on stage on a very regular basis. With one of them, I have been lucky enough to record a disc".

Along with many musical projects, Ben is the creator of a Youtube page on which he is sending covers on line very regulary.

Benjamin Balair - Drum Cover : Wild Cherry - "Play That Funky Music"