Ben Folds an iconoclastic musician in world of pop

If there’s one thing pianist-singer Ben Folds detests, it’s poseurs in the music industry who care more about how they look on TV than about honing their craft.

“I hate a performance that is about the performer,” said Folds, who was a rising star in the 1990s and often compared to Elton John and Billy Joel. “I think it’s a disease of my generation – it’s all about the cameras.”

“I’m a stickler for technique and craft and that’s been my rebellion, to a certain extent, against the other people in my generation,” he said.

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