Tea 4 Two is pretty new band formed in 2015. Just with 2 musicians band exist 2 years and plays many songs from Dire Straits. Today we have videos from Tea 4 Two for all fans and readers. Also we had interview with Benjamin Pal the vocalist and guitarist of the band. For Dire Straits Blog, we asked him interesting questions that you can read below. Enjoy!
Interview with Benjamin Pal
1. DSB: Tell us something about you, who is Benjamin Pal what do you work, how older are you, where are you from and did music is your professional work?
Benjamin: I was born in 1980 and live and work in Wörgl, Tirol/Austria. I’m married and I own a company. Since I can remember – music was my passion. I started learning Zither when I was 8 years old and played that Instrument till I was about 14. At that age I secretly started borrowing my brother`s guitar – and taught myself how to play the guitar.
The Band that inspired me the most was Dire Straits especially Mark Knopfler and his unique, precise finger-picking style and technique. Since that time I’m in love with their music.
2. DSB: About band “Tea 4 Two” – when did you started, how many members count this band, how many songs or covers from others bands did you have made?
Benjamin: The Band Tea 4 Two exists since 2015. My cousin Manuel Pal playing the drums, and I play on guitar, singing and playing/looping the bass. My cousin and I have been playing music since 1996 – we were having several band projects. One band was called ‘Silverflame’ and from 2000 till 2015 we produced two albums. When our former bass-player left the band in 2015 we started this new band project called “Tea 4 Two”.
I usually compose my own songs, but we also got a few cover songs, like J.J. Cale, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Jimi Hendrix, etc…
3. DSB: We saw that you have just 3 cover songs from Dire Straits. Did fans should expect something more from “Tea 4 Two”?
Benjamin: We covered many songs from Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler – I just uploaded these 3 songs, but we are planning on uploading more, like “Boom Like That”, “Money for Nothing”, “Where Do You Think You’re Going”, “Single Handed Sailor”.
4. DSB: Do you perform in public?
Benjamin: Yes, we perform from time to time – in pubs, weddings and we have sometime small concerts.
5. DSB: Do you enjoy listening to music from Dire Straits?
Benjamin: Yes of course, since day one they are my favorite band.
6. DSB: Tell us something about your music gear and guitars?
Benjamin: Amps: In the past I always played with my ‘68 Fender Twin Reverb and Marshall JCM. Since 5 years I’ve been playing with a Kemper Profiling Amp. I am thrilled by the sound quality. It’s also more flexible.
Guitars: My favorite one is a custom built guitar (Superstrat) by “Bergfels”, Gibson Les Paul Standard, Parker Fly Deluxe, Martin GPCPA4 and Little Martin.
7. DSB: Which are your favorite classic songs from Dire Straits?
Benjamin: “Sultans of Swing”, “Water of Love”, “Where Do You Think You’re Going”, “Once Upon the Time in The West”, “Money for Nothing”, “You and Your Friend”, “On Every Street”, and many more songs.
8. DSB: If you must choose one song from Dire Straits, which one it would be?
Benjamin: It may sound cliche, but I would say “Sultans of Swing”. That’s the song I played the most when I practicing. I also like “Sailing to Philadelphia” by Mark Knopfler. It’s a great melody.
9. DSB: What kind of music do you like and who is your favorite music bands/artists?
Benjamin: I like to listening all kinds of music Blues, Rock, Joe Bonamassa or ZZ Top, JJ Cale, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton…but my favorite music band is Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler.
10. DSB: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Benjamin: I grew up and live in Tirol, surrounded by beautiful mountains, so I love to hike and doing other outdoor activities. Another passion is to travel around the world with my wife. That’s what I love besides playing the guitar.
11. DSB: What is your motto in life and what is that which motivates you to continue with good vibes and positive energy in life?
Benjamin: My motto is – comparison is the thief of joy. I’m a spiritual person, so my faith in god and my wife help me staying positive and to always remember what is important in life.
12. DSB: And for the end can you tell something to all fans who read the Dire Straits Blog?
Benjamin: It’s great to see, that many people like your blog, and also love real handmade music! Thank you for the interview.