Once upon a time there was an enigmatic creature with an iconic red mane who travelled the world hypnotising exotic audiences with his sensuous sounds and pulsating beats. Arming himself with over 20 million combined YouTube hits, 10 million sales of featured appearances and 6.2 million artist downloads & streams, he has returned to his homeland to unleash his latest album “The Rebellion”.
This is the tale of a man named Bentley Jones.
Born to an automotive executive and one of the UK’s first female rally drivers in the sleepy suburbs of central England, Ben immediately broke convention by pursuing a career in music. Breaking out as a remixer at the tender age of 17 he topped multiple club charts with his productions for the likes of Madonna, Britney Spears, will.i.am, Sia, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Calvin Harris and Lady Gaga who followed him on Twitter after he produced 2 remixes for her.
Expanding his skills into song-writing, arranging and composing Bentley began contributing scores to some of the world’s best known franchises like “The X-Files”, “Tekken”, “Sonic the Hedgehog”, “Gradius” and “QQ Dance”. With a taste of international success as a producer Ben looked further afield to make his debut as a recording artist before planting his roots – unintentionally – as far away from home as possible.
Inspired by the soaring melodies and spiritual influences to their mainstream music, Bentley introduced himself to the Japanese industry in 2009 and after getting to grips with the language soon found himself with 3 different offers of a record deal. Deciding to sign with EMI / Universal Music, he tested the waters with the debut single “Sunaoninaretara FINAL NIGHT”. Without any promotion or radio play Bentley shocked the label by immediately selling over 30,000 copies placing the song in the top 5 of Japan’s International Chart. The single was quickly followed by the album “TRANS//LATION” which saw Bentley become the first ever British artist to release a Japanese album on a major label.
Bentley continued his success in Japan with various projects including the 2012 album “UPGRADE 1.0” which saw him collaborate with native artists for the first time including May J. After working together on “UPGRADE” May J. was enamoured by Ben’s sounds and called on him to write and produce for her next album. Ben’s work also caught the attention of May J.’s record label AVEX who signed him to their management arm as he became the first ever foreign writer and first ever foreign producer to join Japan’s biggest music company. Ironic that it was also the same management label of Ayumi Hamasaki who offered her personal approval of Bentley’s debut at the start of his Japanese career.
Not content with conquering one country, Bentley began feeding his music to the rest of the world. His first English EP “So Much More…” included the title track which was featured in the number 1 selling video-game “SEGA All-stars Racing”. It also featured 1 of 3 songs that received a staggering 1.1million streams in just 5 days after a promotion with the US social network Gaia Online. The sequel album “TRANS//LATION 2” made Bentley the 19th most viewed musician on YouTube the week of its release and his adaptation of the theme from “Devil May Cry 4” has accumulated 1.5 million streams.
2015/16’s “The Rebellion” was a defiant statement of independence and resistance to conform. Embracing all of his artistic influences, Ben managed to create a rich, dark, mature, velvety rabbit hole for his st4lk3rz to tumble down. Not only did “The Rebellion” sell over 132,000 streams and downloads, it was also critically acclaimed, “not just amazing, but astounding… from start to finish” (Jammerzine). Its visuals have received praise too: the title track’s video, produced and directed by Bentley himself, was described as “cinematically beautiful” by GT Magazine. After taking a break for the remainder of 2016 – mostly due to the death of his father – Ben thanked his st4lk3rz for their patience and support with the release of the holiday album “My December”.
Travelling the world has allowed Bentley and his music to evolve into a unique amalgamation of cultures and influences. His restrained and inscrutable demeanour is the perfect juxtaposition to his fiery, dynamic musical style; drawing people to his persona just as much as to his songs. Later in 2017 Ben will be launching his most personal, painful and revealing album to date; “Unravelling”.