Sep 26, 2018
This week I'm talking with Philadelphia songwriter, producer and founder of City Rain Ben Runyan. Ben and I talk about the creative process, performing, songwriting and working with the legendary Spike Jones. Be sure to follow Ben on Spotify and iTunes music. http://benrunyan.com/ Philadelphia's Ben Runyan is the face of J U S T P R O C E S S. Previously Runyan leads the Philadelphia electronic pop group City Rain. As a band City Rain has experienced acclaim for the cinematic music video for their first single, "The Optimist," which in 2013 landed on VEVO's Indie Playlist garnering over 250,000 hits. The track steamrolled through 2014 when the video won mtvU's The Freshmen contest in February, placing it in regular rotation on the network. More recently, City Rain teamed up with MTV again when the song was fittingly featured on MTV's popular reality TV show, Catfish. City Rain’s music has also been featured on Esquire TV, Showtime, and G4TV. City Rain was also nominated for ASCAP’s Sammy Cahn award for best lyrics for “The Optimist” in 2013. City Rain, with Ben at the helm, as performed/DJ’ed with artists like Washed Out, School of Seven Bells, Capital Cities, Class Actress, Robert Delong, Alvin Risk and more. In the composition world City Rain scores music for commercials and short film. Drawing on various influences, City Rain devises lush ambient textures complimented by melodic piano structures. Runyan has created his new alias J U S T P R O C E S S developing artists through the vessel of slick electronic pop. Most recently Runyan has worked with Director Spike Jonze and DJ Sam Spiegel (doing Sound Design/Music Editing) on Jonze's new play "Changers" debuting in NYC. Runyan is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music Technology at Drexel University, Rowan University and The University Of The Arts in Philadelphia.