The story of The Trouble Notes begins on the Brooklyn banks of the East River. A young visionary violinist stood staring out, beyond the lights of the city into the unknown, yearning for an adventure that would sweep him away from his beloved New York City. Having spent the past few years on an intense career path at a Wall Street investment firm, Bennet felt a sense of conflict down to his very core.
"I had spent the early years of my adult life immersed in a career for which I had no passion. Yes, there was a status and a sense of 'purpose,' but was that really my own?" remembers Bennet. "My violin called to me, increasingly louder with each passing day until I knew it was time to embark on my own adventure, to the beat of my own drum. I would only later find that the drum would be played by Oliver."
He drew inspiration from the careers of Rodrigo y Gabriela and Gogol Bordello. They had not sat around and waited for opportunities to knock at their door, they brought their music directly to the people. He would daydream from his office desk about traveling across Europe and Asia, playing his music in a group called "The Trouble Notes."