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Here at CEJ we love our music. The office is constantly filled with the sound of (mostly) guitar-fuelled modern rock, from Oasis to the Arctic Monkeys and calling at Kasabian and The Killers en route. Some of us (naming no names) still remember posing with a tennis racket in front of our bedroom mirrors and dreaming of the day we would earn our living by creating monster riffs in front of thousands. Although our dreams were destined to remain just that, it has recently come to our attention that one of our clients is currently living the dream for us all as a member of an internationally established rock group! Jealous, us?
Ben Curtis, when he’s not spending his time contracting for a bank, is bassist with The Moons, alongside Andy Crofts and Ben Gordelier – who also play in rock legend Paul Weller’s live band – and Chris Watson on guitar. The band are currently recording their fourth studio album - a successor to 2014’s Mindwaves – and are in the middle of a series of Christmas shows, having only just returned from a week of gigs in Italy.
Contracting isn’t the only thing Ben has done en route to becoming a full time musician. He admits: “I’ve always done any job which allowed me to do music. “I’ve been a roadie, pizza delivery driver, worked in HMV, done office jobs…when I delivered pizza I’d rehearse in the day then work at night then gig at the weekend. I’ve also had jobs where I work in the day then go and practice a few nights a week.”
So why work as a contractor?
“The best thing about contracting is the flexibility. “It means I can take time off when I need it for gigs or recording. It can be hard to balance at times but I make it work because it’s what I love to do. It also keeps life interesting as I’ve been lucky enough to do some great things.
“I’d hate to miss out on anything because I’d used up all my holidays for the year if I was in a permanent job.
“CEJ were recommended by a colleague and Bryan and Jo have always been really helpful with any queries I’ve had.”
Ben’s story shows one of the great sides to contracting. It means having far more control over when you work than you would as a “normal” employee, and being able to raise as much money as possible during certain times of the year to fund other activities – whether that’s touring or travelling around the world – during the rest of the time.
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To find out more about The Moons, visit www.themoons.co.uk or like their Facebook page at facebook.com/themoonsofficial/ you can also listen to them on spotify by clicking here