Benny Sings is singer & producer.
Benny Sings managed to make a lasting impression on press and audience since his debut album Champagne People (2003). The album was received very well by press (‘A revelation!’, ‘Rare originally’) and gave Benny Sings recognition. He played a couple of big festivals and won prizes, including the Essent Award in 2004. The album also received good reviews abroad, where it was released on vinyl by Kindred Spirits/Rush Hour.
His second album I Love You (2005), again gained worldwide recognition and was received very well: the renowned BBC DJ Gilles Peterson became fan and in France the song Little Donna became a radio-hit on Radio Nova. A small European tour followed.
Benny also reached Japan where he established success with his third album Benny.. At Home (2007). US was also reached with a lot of good reviews including a big front-page article on Okayplayer.com (the website of Questlove and The Roots, the best visited hiphop site in the world). With his album ART (2011) Benny, after earlier conquering Asia, had his breakthrough in America and a worldwide release with Fat Beats followed. All the successes from previous albums are bundled on his latest album The Best Of Benny Sings (2012). Benny and band toured Japan in 2011 & 2013.
In 2012 Benny performed on the biggest Dutch national television show called De Wereld Draait Door. International airplay on BBC Radio 1 (Gilles Peterson), BBC Radio 2 (Jamie Cullum), KCWR Los Angeles (Anthony Valadez), Studio Brussel (Lefto).
Multiple tracks got placed in synch worldwide: HBO show Girls, Mazda, Kookai, Citroën. European tour as support act of Mayer Hawthorne in 2012. For this tour, Benny Sings and his band toured in 6 countries and played in 18 different cities. His success wasn’t unnoticed, after this tour followed a show on the London Traction festival (curated by Gilles Peterson), shows in Lithuania, on Dutch festivals and a tour through France.
As a producer Benny Sings worked with both national and international artist and makes music for commercial and films. Artist Benny worked with are: Giovanca, Wouter Hamel, Faberyayo, Yuko Ando, DATA, Janne Schra, BEA 1991, Roos Jonker, Mayer Hawthorne, Cero and many others. His new album ‘STUDIO’ will be released via Dox Records (Benelux) Jakarta Records (Europe/US) and Asia (JVC - release November 18h) will be out November 27th worldwide on cd / digital & vinyl.
STUDIO is Benny’s 5th studio album. Not just casually called by its name. No, there is something else happening here. The word ‘STUDIO’ originates from the Latin word ‘studium’, which stands for ‘studying’. The studio is the place where painters, artists and musicians learn, study and create. It’s the place where Benny is most comfortable.
Benny’s Amsterdam based studio has an amazing view of the canals. STUDIO is an ode to this place, which he built 4 years ago, and everything it has brought him. Because it brought him more than just the music he produced there. It gave him his place in the world and with it so many other things. All of which is to be heard on his new album. You find him exposing true love, follow his search for a home, he opens up about settling down and he speaks of breaking through old patterns in which he found himself being stuck for years.
It has been quiet around Benny Sings. Although there was a lot written about him (with an ode to his complete oeuvre in The Huffington Post as a highlight) and he had a big YouTube hit with millions of views for his co-operation with French electro artist DatA and even a tour throughout Europe and Asia; he didn’t release a lot of solo material. After 4 albums the navel-gazing was over and it was time for a change. Besides creating a lot of music for film and television, he produced music for artists such as BEA1991, which generated a lot of attention worldwide with raving reviews by The Fader and The Guardian amongst others.
Building his studio and actually taking up that challenge opened Benny’s mind, which created space for a new album to arise.
Thanks to the co-operation with the young BEA1991 Benny is introduced to instruments that are new to him, after which he found himself coming out of the warm analogue world of the 70’s and 80’s and go straight into the icy digital world of the 90’s. And with that the album STUDIO is born. The result is interesting. The record is not at all icy. The warm sound of Benny, which we have come accustomed to, is yet again prominent on this album. STUDIO is an album, full of color, beats and melancholy, but with songs that go much deeper than we are used to from Benny.
It’s remarkable that he has worked with far more people on this album than he did on previous records. Mayer Hawtorne (America’s number 1 blue eyed soul singer) sings on one of his tracks, we hear Rick Rubin’s protégée GoldLink rapping and we find Stone Throw’s golden boys The Stepkids in a surprising role of mixing the album. Even though Benny has been crossing borders with his work for years, he only seems to really get the full effect of it just now. STUDIO is a record with international allure.