Knapp’s “Chaos” focuses on the changes and
chaos in his own life. Formerly of Waukesha, he
now lives in Kentucky. Knapp goes by the name of
Sweeb when he performs.
CREDIT: Submitted photo
WAUKESHA - Like most 24-year old musicians, Ben Knapp
has a lot to say.
just that he doesn’t say all that much in his music.
Waukesha native, who goes by the music handle of Sweeb,
is taking a rarely-used road to musical notoriety by
producing a collaboration of 10 instrumentals - mystic
and melodic music without the clutter of words.
fact, all 10 of his songs have one-word titles.
some point I had to narrow down what I was trying to
accomplish and I found that I had two different genres I
was trying to accomplish,” said Knapp, a University of
Wisconsin-Waukesha and University of Minnesota graduate
now living in Lexington, Ky., where he works for
Quad/Graphics. “One was these heartfelt
singer-songwriter type songs based on acoustic guitar or
ukulele, with a strong emphasis on the lyrics. The
other, notably, was this experimental electronic sound
that I fell in love with.”
“Chaos,” Knapp’s experimental electronic sounds
stems from chaos in his personal life. His song list
includes titles like “Hope,” “One,”
“Chance,” “Circles” and “Goodbye.”
enough, parts of this album have been recorded in three
states, and I think that embracing change is one of the
main themes I wanted to convey with my music,” Knapp
said. “2016 was a year where I went through a lot of
life changes, including living in three different
words, Knapp does his talking through his fingers, using
up to nine different instruments. The project took over
20 months to complete. During the production and mixing
process, Knapp said some songs got up to 30 tracks of
different types of keyboard sounds.
want the listener to also be an artist,” he said.
“By empowering the listener to also be an artist in
their head, I hope that I can find a way to connect with
is also hoping to connect with filmmakers and music
library managers, as he has a strong interest in music
synchronization licensing - a license that permits the
holder to sync up his or her music in the backgrounds of
film, televisions, ads or even video games.
lot of the feedback I have gotten is that this would go
great in an indie film or documentary,” Knapp said.
“I would love to have the ability to use my art to
empower others in creating art, such as video. It is a
hard niche to get into, but I am hoping that if I send
enough emails, the right person will hear my music.”
realizes his music doesn’t fit in at the prototypical
live performance venues, although he hopes to take his
music to the stage some day. Knapp revealed a strong
desire to play a future Friday Night Live and eventually
a Summerfest stage.
biggest compliment I have gotten is that I am
creative,” Knapp said. “Even if I am not the best in
the world, I take pride in creating something that is
the end, he hopes his listeners will have a lot to say
after hearing his album.
is a lot that you can say with words but there is also a
lot that you can say in the absence of words,” Knapp
said. “I don’t really have a set end goal of where I
would like to end up as a musician, but being placed in
a film is a current goal. I hope to continue to work
hard at both my electronic and acoustic music alike, and
hopefully find a way to use it in a positive way to
impact those around me.”
music is available for streaming on Spotify, YouTube and
SoundCloud. His album can also be purchased on iTunes.
For more information, visit www.sweebmusic.com or