Cincinnati boys Telehope are taking my channel and the indie scene by storm! They released their debut album Chasing Dreams a few months ago and after being discovered in my inbox by my girlfriend Beth, were then promptly featured in several videos on my channel. While the singles that I’ve showcased may give you the impression that the band are a straightforward pop-rock act, their album is actually incredibly diverse with many alternative and slow, piano-based elements. Clearly Telehope are thinking big so it was a pleasure to sit down with a few weeks ago to ask a few questions. Read on below…
Hello! Please give me your name, age and role in Telehope?
Hey! I’m Ben Malson, Telehope’s 21 year old producer, keyboardist, and tambourine player extraordinaire.
Haha hey Ben! To get us started, can you give me three words to describe Telehope’s sound for someone who’s never heard it before?
Joyful, Vibey, Dancy
Thanks! Could you now give the readers a brief history of the band. What inspired you all to make music together?
Telehope ran under the name Undivided for 3 years before changing the name. We wanted to focus on giving hope and encouragement through our new band. The sole factor that made me realize what we should be doing instead of simply “playing shows” was that one day a girl messaged us on Facebook and told us that she was going to commit suicide, and then listened to our music and received much hope from it. I wanted to capitalize on this. If we could provide a source of hope to the broken, we had to try and do it on a larger scale. Telehope is the active pursuit in helping people just like that girl.
That’s amazing. What an incredible message, and it’s definitely needed in the modern times we live in. Much respect to all of you! So your debut album Chasing Dreams released a few month ago! Do you have a favourite song from the album? Any particular tracks for readers to check out to best introduce them to your sound?
Since I co-wrote, produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered the whole album every song has a special place in my heart. This was my “baby” for a couple years and I am incredibly excited with how it turned out. Listening to these songs in my car as I’m driving as opposed to playing them live on stage are two different feelings. While listening, I don’t necessarily have a favorite song, but I have many favorite moments throughout the record. A few of my favorite parts are, 1) Mark’s vocals are killer. They give me goosebumps, literally on every song. 2) the horn section on ‘Ghost’ later in the song. Alan Camerer’s trumpet playing is beautiful. 3) ‘Insomnia’ is the story about how I began music and how I filled the sleepless nights with music creation. I viewed it as a curse then, but now realize it was one of the best things to happen to me. 4) The last chorus on ‘Battle Lines’ is really powerful, it gets me every time. Playing these songs live, ‘Joy’ and ‘Have My Heart’ are definitely my favorite. They’re so energetic and gets the crowd involved. Listeners should start off with ‘Joy’, ‘Have My Heart’, and ‘Ghost’. Although, each song tells a story about our band and are some of the puzzle pieces in our lives.
Awesome man. Those three songs you mentioned towards the end are actually the three Telehope tracks that I uploaded haha, so I guess they were good choices! What do you feel is your biggest achievement so far as Telehope?
In our 4 months of existing, I think our biggest accomplishment so far has been selling out our opening show at Madison Live. We all worked really hard for months rehearsing, promoting, making phone calls, designing merch, and many more things to make the night what it was. Our fans, friends, and families are incredibly supportive and we couldn’t do it without them. One of my favorite things is the ever-going process of building and working with our team. This team includes some of the most kind, generous, talented, and down-to-earth people I have ever met. Whether it be live sound, light shows, music videos, stage crew, running our merch table, or one of our moms making meals, we’re so thankful for these wonderful people!
Congrats! It’s crazy that you’ve only been Telehope for four months. You’ve only just begun this journey and have so much amazing stuff to come, I’m jealous! Onto the bands that you look up to; which albums are you really into right now?
I’m really into Colony House’s When I Was Younger, Hippo Campus’s Landmark, and really anticipating COIN’s new record to be released in April. When I Was Younger is incredibly powerful. The lyrics and aesthetic of the music are so encouraging and moving, speaking about the grace, hope, and forgiveness that is offered by Jesus Christ. I aspire to be like them in our writing.
You’ve name-dropped some of my favourite bands there! I was lucky enough to feature a Colony House track on my channel last year too, those guys are so great. What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
2017 has been, and will continue to be, a huge year for Telehope. Our first goals were to sell out our first hometown show, build a solid team of talented people to, and immediately begin writing for our next project. You can expect new music this summer and a brand new album later this year. We’ve been blown away by the exposure we’ve been getting already. We’ve been really trying to keep our fans engaged on social media by posting pictures regularly, keeping up with our weekly Telehope Tuesday 30 second cover video, and creating music videos based on songs from our recently released Chasing Dreams album. Shoutout to Cory Woodruff for being an incredible videographer.
It’s a very exciting time to be a Telehope fan, that’s for sure! I’ve been loving your Telehope Tuesday covers (readers can find them here). Another album this year too? SO excited for that. To finish off, any last words?
Telehope exists for two reasons: to give you hope through our music, and to encourage you to chase your dreams. We’re in this journey together. In between homework, classes, day jobs, and internships Telehope is working hard to achieve our dreams of playing international tours and giving people hope and encouragement.
What an incredible sentiment! With your band’s attitude and incredible music, you will make it big, I know it! Thanks for doing this interview with me Ben 😃
Find Telehope on
Official website: https://telehopeband.com/