Ben recently sat down with Spinner for an interview that centered around his past problems with alcohol. Ben has in no way been shy about his former addictions, but he has rarely been as candid as he is here, railing against the music industry in general as a place where one can easily pass of their substance abuse problem.
And so what is Ben’s secret to keeping sober and fit? He says that a recent affinity for running has been instrumental to his recovery over the past couple years. All I can say is good for you, Ben. I’m sure I can speak for Death Cab fans everywhere when I say that it’s really great to hear that he’s in such a good place in his life. Let’s hope he can make it last.
Read a few choice excerpts below, and check out the whole thing here.
“Alcohol and drugs [are] such a large part of the experience of being a musician. It’s always around and it’s always easy to look at somebody who is more f——ed up than you and be like, ‘Well, I may have a problem but I’m not as bad as that dude,’” he says. “There’s no better industry to pass off your own substance abuse problems on the overindulgence of others. [You can] look at someone who is falling off the stage drunk and say, ‘At least I’m not that f——ed up’…”
“In my own life, the elegantly wasted musician is played out and I’m not interested in being that anymore. I’m not interested in the storyline of the tragic figure anymore. I wish I could help people who can’t get it together but the reality is that you have to wake up one morning and realize, ‘I’m just not going to do this anymore.’ That’s what I did. I certainly don’t think I had as much of a problem as some other some other people do. But in my own way, I did and I woke up and realized I didn’t want to feel this way anymore…”