Check out Ben Smith on Drums for Carl Funk’s new Song “Trouble” on the cd Black Horizon

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 Bruce Hazen on Electric Guitar.

Ben’s New Band Roadcase Royale! Featured in PASTE Magazine

Check out Roadcase Royale featured in PASTE magazine. Roadcase Royale debuted it's song Get Loud at the Austin Women's March, January 20th. They will be performing at the Rock Against MS Benefit and Award Show, honoring Richard Pryor, March 25th at the Los Angeles Theater. Ticket Link:

Studio Mayhem with Carl Funk and his new CD Black Horizon, “Hell Can’t Wait/ Party at the Lime Pit”

We recently had the pleasure of recording with Carl Funk on his new CD Black Horizon as well as this fun video for the song "Hell Can't Wait / Party at the Lime Pit." Hell Can't Wait / Party at the Lime Pit from Carl Funk on Vimeo. Featured in the video and on the CD are [...]

Ben Here! For the Love of Young Musicians!

We who are grown-ups and are musicians can all remember the thrill and fear of playing with our friends at a very young age.  It is SO fun and at the same time a rite of passage and a threshold to cross.  We learn to play a few songs, find others to do that with, [...]

Ben Here! Ben Smith Music Studio: The Art and Technology of a Recording Studio – Part 1

Many of the music projects I personally work on are recorded at my studio in Seattle. Creating this space where I am able to craft the musical pieces in which I play and perform, along with recording and producing all types of musical and audio clients, in many different formats, gives me tremendous satisfaction. These formats [...]

Ben Smith Music Company – A Place to Create and Grow (Part 2 of 3)

 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 and her’s in business development [...]

Ben Smith Music Company – a Place to Create and Grow (Part 1 of 3)

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, writers and creative talent do [...]

Recording at Nightbird Studios in Los Angeles for The Ann Wilson Thing

I had a REALLY fun day recording "For What It's Worth" which is on The Ann Wilson Thing's upcoming release.... I flew in to Los Angeles at around 9:30am (oooo, 6am flight) to get to the fantastic Nightbird Studios in West Hollywood.  I was met by the handsome and talented Greg Crane from Yamaha drums.  [...]