Ben Salter is one of Australia’s most highly regarded performers and songwriters. As well as performing solo he is also a founding member of a number of bands including Giants of Science, The Gin Club & The Wilson Pickers. Salter’s three solo albums to date- The Cat (2011), The Stars My Destination (2015) and Back Yourself (2017) have established his penchant for eclectic, esoteric arrangements and sounds that take in elements of rock, pop, jazz, folk, country and beyond, whilst all maintaining a coherence and inimitable melodic style.
Salter has collaborated, written and performed with artists as diverse as Mick Thomas, Tim Rogers, Bernard Fanning, Gareth Liddiard and Marlon Williams, to name a few. His most recent adventures across Europe and Japan saw him perform in the 15th century home of a Spanish Inquisitor, in a French sheep shed, for a celebrity chef in Portugal, in a church in the west of Iceland, and at the infamous Binic Folks Blues Festival, with a short detour via Parc Asterix, ending the year with a self-released yuletide EP.
Regularly cited as having one of the best voices in the country, Ben’s performances highlight his storytelling, humour and sincerity, while his recordings experiment with a diversity of styles from acoustic ballads to indie rock, avant garde soundscapes to instrumentals. His idiosyncratic and literary style is in the tradition of songwriters John Cale, Robert Wyatt and David Byrne, and he draws inspiration from the likes of The Velvet Underground, Roy Orbison, The Ink Spots and Low.
Salter releases his fourth album "The Mythic Plane" in December 2019. He currently resides in Tasmania.