Ben Smith Music Company offers services supporting musicians and music artists, music fans, and organizations needing music. We provide performing, recording, and production services, consulting, artist coaching, drum clinics, and team building, with the goal of making the world brighter through music.
Ben’s studio is based in the heart of Seattle. Equipped with the best technology for recording and mixing, Ben’s unique combination of experience and creativity is positioned to take your sound to the next level.
I have worked with the best of the best and Ben Smith is at the very top of that list. Total professionalism. Amazing skill. Passion that flies off the stage and into your heart. I feel so fortunate that he is in the Heart family.
Ben Smith has been a very important part of my personal and musical life for many years. He is hands down my favorite drummer to play with, record and mix. His dynamic style and consistency is unmatched both live and in the studio.
Ben also gets a very rich tone from his personal drum tracking room… He recently delivered me a full drum track for an original song that needed no tweaking at all. The sound quality and mix was perfect.
Ben Smith I have known since back in the old days, he was drumming with Seattle Pure Dynamite – a local funk band.
His expertise as a young adult was incredible – His meter was perfect!!! —- That alone got my attention. His playing “way” surpassed other drummers whom I had worked up to at that time. The sound of his drums was intense and he hit those drums with authority.
I would say the term Dynamite explains Ben Smith as a person and a player and someone that is such a stand out from most drummers I have ever worked with in my 41 years of this business. He KICKS ASS !!!!
Ben Smith is one of the world’s most respected and talented rock musicians. Based in Seattle, Washington, he has performed live and in studio with legendary rock band Heart since 1994.
Heart, is led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson with Ben on drums, Dan Rothchild on Bass, Craig Bartock on Guitar, and Chris Joyner on Keys. In 2015 Ben toured with Ann Wilson’s side project, TheAnn Wilson Thing!, (TAWT!), now known as Ann Wilson of Heart.
Ben’s new band Roadcase Royale, is led by Nancy Wilson of Heart and former Prince vocalist LivWarfield, with ChrisJoyner, DanRothchild, and RyanWaters.
ROADCASE ROYALE kicked off a mini-tour in the LA Area May 31st with a first show at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Later in 2017, they will begin touring with BobSeger and the Silver Bullet Band .
Performances on network and cable talk shows such as Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Ellen, Good Morning America, Today; the Heart Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Performance 2013; concert tours every year across the US, Canada, and internationally; studio recordings for Heart and Lovemongers, (Whirlygig, Lovemongers’ Christmas, Jupiter’s Darling, Red Velvet Car, Fanatic); and Ann Wilson’s solo project “Hope and Glory”, featuring Sir Elton John, Shawn Colvin, KD Lang, and many more.
Film and Television Work:
Ben has worked with myriad composers, producers, and artists’ recordings, in both television and film. You can hear his drumming on the film “Almost Famous”, with Nancy Wilson composing and performing. These sessions, featuring Peter Frampton and Mike McCready of PearlJam, included songs by the band Stillwater. “Almost Famous” won the Grammy award for Best Soundtrack in 2001. Ben also performed with Nancy Wilson and Mike McCready for the Cameron Crowe film “Vanilla Sky”, starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, including the song, “I Fall Apart”, sung by Cameron Diaz; and in the film “Elizabethtown” with Nancy Wilson.
Ben Smith, Tom Hall, Daniel Christopherson Ben Smith recently played two drum tracks for Toni Saddler-French at London Bridge Studio– they were the first two songs she’s ever written. Tom Hall of Earworks Audio was [...]
Carl Funk's new single Trouble from the cd Black Horizon features Carl Funk on Guitars and Vocals, Ben on Drums, Gary Shelton on Bass, Casey Westcott on Keys and Pump Organ, Ruthie Dornfield on Violin, and [...]
Ryan Waters’ long list of accomplishments as a musician and performer directly reflects his desire to create music with integrity without regard for convention and genre. Ryan joined Sade in 2000 as lead guitarist in their [...]