Let's Get Loud

from polite to vicious

When I first came to Berlin in 2007, I wasn't really planning to stay, so I didn't bring much in the way of instruments. Over time, whenever I went to visit my family, I brought pieces of my ever-growing collection of stringed things back to Germany. In that time, I also purchased a couple of instruments over here. The acoustic instruments have definitely seen the most use, simply because I did not have an amplifier. Consequently, however, I feel like my songwriting has grown a bit stale.

New Sound

Hi people! There's a new sound to click on in the soundcloud player. Hope you like it, but we can still be friends if you don't! :D

Photos from the studio, part 3

Mirko Goletz strikes again with some more sweet photos!
yeah accordion!
This is Elisabeth. She and Sebastian were essentially the first people to join the Benja Men, starting sometime in about 2007 or 2008. She is an exceptionally talented pianist and accordionist. In this photo, she's trying out some new ideas for one of the songs while most of us took a little break.

Photos from the studio, part 1

Between now and the release of Goodbye, Smile Mile, I'll be updating this website more frequently. Today, I've got a couple really nice photos from our very talented pal, Mirko Goletz, who spent a couple days with us in the studio.

The whole gang!
This is a shot of all the musicians in the studio. We recorded during one of the hottest parts parts of the year, but ingested a staggering amount of tar-like coffee.

Smile Mile Update 3

acoustic guitar

Hello everybody!

We spent the last three days practically living at Tricone studios, and have recorded the MEAT of all the instruments. This means we are exactly on schedule. In hindsight, the idea to cram 12 songs played by 6 different musicians into 3 days of recording is more than just a little ambitious. And although the actual recording process is long and draining (what you may or may not know is that it involves an extreme amount of waiting around and listening), everyone handled it like a champion!