about benfink



benfink is a singer/producer/composer based in Sydney, Australia. Ben has been involved in the Australian independent music scene for many years, working with acts such as The Whitlams, The Stiff Gins, Brett Hunt, Lior, Waiting for Guiness and King Clam. Ben cut his teeth in the mid ‘90’s funk scene with his band King Clam, a nine piece soul groove ensemble that gained high rotation play on Triple J and toured the East Coast extensively. Around this time Ben joined Voices from the Vacant Lot, a post traditional choir, that have since toured to a cappella festivals all around Australia, and Indonesia. Then, in 1997, Ben, almost by accident, joined the Whitlams. After experiencing their unexpectedly fast rise (No Aphrodisiac landing at No.1 in Triple J’s hottest 100, 3 Aria awards in 1998, a 1998 Mo award for best live band) and 4 years of non-stop national and international touring, with his muse calling Ben decided to move on.

In 2002 Ben produced the Stiff Gins debut album, Origins. After nationally touring that album with the Stiff Gins, Ben started work on his album, Continue to breathe normally…. Ben also continued to compose with the Whitlams frontman Tim Freedman, co-writing Higher Ground (on Love This City), Still in Love with You and the single Best Work (on Torch The Moon). Other production credits include Kaya’s debut EP. Ben also hooked up with singer songwriter Lior during this period, touring and recording with his band. Ben co-wrote Lior’s latest single I’ll Forget You and recorded on his albums Autumn Flow and Corner of an Endless Road. Ben has joined the ranks of Waiting for Guinness as their guitarist.

Continue to breathe normally…, Ben’s first album under his own name, traverses elements of soul, folk, groove, blues and jazz, all brought together and unified by his voice. Continue to breathe normally…, a self funded independent release, distributed by MGM, was recorded over a span of 3 years, using ‘guerrilla’ recording techniques at various motel rooms, studios and musicians’ houses all over Australia. The mixes were crafted by Ben Hudson at Sony studios and then mastered by William Bowden, creating a sonic landscape that draws you in and envelops you. The track Lazy from the album has been played over several months on Triple J’s Roots’n’All show, other tracks have had spot play on ABC 702 (Deborah Cameron, Simon Marnie).

Continue to breathe normally… was launched at the Basement in Sydney with a 20 piece band to a packed house, featuring Matt McMahon – piano, Brett Hirst – Bass, Toby Hall – Drums. A recent highlight was his well received gig in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House supporting the Mingus Big Band.