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He devoted a lot of time to working on piano technique.
"I spent maybe six months just running scales with a metronome like a freak," Folds said.
In 2001, Folds was an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' judging panel to support independent artists.
A year later, he released Ben Folds Live, a collection of live solo recordings.
The Luckiest was written for the Amy Heckerling movie Loser, but the scene it was meant for was deleted.
Millard Powers, Britt "Snuzz" Uzzell, and Jim Bogios joined him on the promotional tour of the album.
, Folds produced Amanda Palmer's first solo album and was a judge on the NBC a cappella singing contest The Sing-Off from 2009 to 2013. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, Folds played in several bands as the pianist, bassist, or drummer.
In the late 1980s, Folds (as a bassist) and longtime friend Millard Powers formed the band Majosha.
The debut was followed by Whatever and Ever Amen in 1997, and the odds-and-ends compilation Naked Baby Photos was released in early 1998.
Folds's first solo release after the breakup of the band was Rockin' the Suburbs in 2001.
He played nearly all the instruments, notably guitar (an instrument seldom used during the Ben Folds Five days).
Folds has described this band as "punk rock for sissies", and his oddball lyrics often contain nuances of melancholy, self conflict, and humorous sarcasm, often punctuated by profanity.
They gained a strong following in the United Kingdom and Australia early in their career, and like many other 'alternative' American acts this was largely thanks to consistent support from national broadcasters in those countries, the BBC in Britain and the ABC's Triple J youth radio network in Australia (and ABC-TV's music video show Rage).
"Weird Al" Yankovic directed and appeared in Folds' video for "Rockin' the Suburbs".