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 a prolific and accomplished drummer based in Seattle, Washington, who has performed live and in the studio with Heart since 1994.
Highlights include playing on most network and cable talk shows, (Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Ellen, Good Morning America, Today, etc); 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);also for Ann Wilson’s solo project “Hope and Glory”, featuring Sir Elton John, Shawn Colvin, KD Lang, and others.
You can hear Ben’s drumming on the film “Almost Famous”,with Nancy Wilson composing and performing.These sessions, featuring Peter Frampton and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, included songs by the band “Stillwater”, and the film 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; as well as working for many composers, producers, and artists on other recordings, on television, and in films.
In 2013, I established what has become Ben Smith Music Studio and in January of 2015, I decided to "Just Do It!" turning an even more profound dream into reality by way of a business partnership with good friend and successful entrepreneur, Valda Sarty. With my expertise of the music industry [...]
When my heart is captured by the beauty of a line of lyric, a melody aimed at my heart, or a performance filled with the fire of creation, I remember all over again why I love music so much. I live for those moments, and I think many artists, musicians, [...]
Our next foray into TAWT shows is coming right up, with an Arizona/California run that will be a blast! For me, the big take-away of playing with The Ann Wilson Thing is not only the opportunity to perform with Ann Wilson, a world-class vocal artist fronting the band and making it all [...]
( Continued from previous post...) After a busy first few months of 2016, I leapt onto The Ann Wilson Thing for another week of shows around the northeast US. We played Harrisburg, PA a couple of nights ago, now onto West Hampton, NY, Ridgefield, CT, and Annapolis, MD. Next we have shows [...]