In this new blog series, we’re going to be taking you behind the scenes with some interview with our team members.
Up first its our Café Bar Assistant Manager, Ben Green.
When he’s not helping run the Café Bar, you can catch Ben in his band PatternPusher, who are releasing their debut EP at a special launch event this August.
- Can you tell us a little bit about your role?
I’m basically the assistant manager of the bar, working daytimes and behind the scenes to make sure events and the bar run smoothly.
- What’s the best thing about your job?
The fact that no week is ever the same and all the people I get to work with and meet are all so brilliant.
- What’s a typical day like for you?
Get in around 9, drink some coffee, run around like a headless chicken, do some ordering, have a meeting or two, drink some more coffee, existential crisis, prepare for upcoming events, home for dinner.
- What’s something about your job most people don’t realise?
How much thought and preparation goes on; keeping a bar running can be tricky at the best of times but when you’re catering for different clientele every day of the week you have to make sure you’re always one step ahead of the game.
- What’s your favourite memory at Exeter Phoenix?
Probably putting on my first show here and seeing how well it went down, great bands and a lovely crowd, couldn’t ask for more.
- What do most people not realise about the Café Bar?
We have our own unique blend of coffee which I created in partnership with our supplier Brazier Coffee. It’s delicious and I’m very proud of how well it’s doing.
- What was the first event/exhibition you attended at Exeter Phoenix?
I can remember coming here ever since I was very little, (my Dad was always involved with the digital department) but I think the first gig I saw here was The Futureheads. They were brilliant.
- What was the last event you attended at Exeter Phoenix?
Exeter Pride! I was half technician, half DJ, all party.
- How has Exeter Phoenix changed since you first started working here?
I’ve met so many like-minded souls and Exeter characters since starting here. I couldn’t think of a better way to be introduced to the city.
- How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
I’m in about 100 bands so I’m often gigging or rehearsing. I devote the most time to my band Pattern Pusher where we play electronic music and bounce about like loons.
- What upcoming event/exhibition are you most looking forward to?
I’m really excited for Big Screen In The Park, it’s a giant event that takes so much organising but always comes out so nicely. It gets bigger and better every year and is such a joy to be a part of.
- What makes you proud to work at Exeter Phoenix?
Knowing that what goes on here means so much to so many people all from different walks of life. It’s a place that caters to everyone, which I think is also what makes it so special. The people that work here all believe in it so much and work so passionately to ensure things go well. Exeter just wouldn’t be the same without it.
- What artwork/artist/musician etc has inspired you or influenced your life?
I’m a mega-fan of Berlin based producer Apparat. His work as a solo producer, with a band and then with Modeselektor in Moderat has opened my eyes to a whole world of electronic music. He’s a true innovator and combines technology with music in a beautiful way, I hope to emulate some of his success in my own life.
- …And finally – what’s your favourite thing to order in the Café Bar?
A pint of Eureka, the amazing American Pale Ale.