Jack of all instruments Benjamin Molero lives by music

Alexander Diaz-Lopez

Senior Benjamin Molero is part of the untapped talent here at Wilson. Often found playing the guitar (just one of the instruments he plays) on his Instagram story, Molero is a 17-year-old musical standout. Molero came to the United States from Venezuela when he was 13. Molero describes this transition as difficult: “first we traveled to Trinidad and Tobago on a layover, and then we went to Miami [where] we have some uncles until my father’s work received him here,” Molero said. 

Molero remembers his childhood musical exposure very fondly. “When I was four years old, I started playing the drum sets,” Molero chuckled. He played the drums until he was 10 years old. Recently, Molero was introduced to the guitar. “After playing the guitar, I said ‘Hey! This is interesting,’ and I started exploring with other instruments and I have found it pretty easy to do,” he said. 

While Molero enjoys playing the drum and the guitar, he also explores a wide range of other instruments, like the ukulele, the bass guitar, and the piano. His favorite instruments are the piano and the bass guitar. “When you play those two instruments you feel free, that you can do whatever you want,” Molero said.  

He believes that in order to be successful in music and pursue it as a career, he must make it a lifestyle: his dedication is what makes him a talented composer. He recognizes the difficulty that sometimes arises during the singing and composition process. “Sometimes I cover songs [and] what happens is that I’m not very good at singing … But with training, I think it is achieved.” He believes that the most challenging part of writing music is forming the lyrics. While Molero has confronted some issues when writing his own music, most of the time it flows naturally to him. 

It all depends on how he feels. If Molero feels sad, he will usually write songs about sad topics such as break ups. If Molero feels happy, he’ll usually write songs that are more upbeat and joyful. His favorite original song is called “Don’t Let Me Go,” inspired by a girl he left in Venezuela when he had to move to the U.S. 

In the future, Molero wants to major in music technology so he can become a music technician. Meanwhile, when listening to his music, Molero wants people to know that he too deals with problems, goes through sadness, happiness, anxiety, and depression like any other human. “I am not different from them [and] I want them to be able to relate to my music,” he said.