I've played guitar and/or written on songs totaling several million streams. Whether you want me to nail a reference song or experiment, we'll find a sound that you love.
I am a live/session guitarist and producer based in Nashville, TN. Although I specialize in R&B, pop, and hip-hop, I perform and record for artists across a wide variety of other genres including Americana, country, rock, jazz, acoustic singer-songwriter, and folk. I'm excited to work with you to find and craft the perfect sound for your next project.
After performing in North Carolina bars as a solo artist during my teenage years, I moved to Nashville in 2015. I studied under top-tier professionals including long-time Nashville session guitarist Jerry Kimbrough, Dave Matthews Band band and Grammy-award winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin, and composer/arranger Ryan Middagh among others. In 2016, I cowrote "Restless" with Jake Ward and Kris Bergsnes (Wynonna, Tim McGraw, Tyler Farr). That song went on to go #1 on the Texas Red Dirt Country Charts. During my first few years in Nashville, I also spent time learning the inner workings of a professional studio from Greg Bieck (Hall & Oates, Little Big Town, Destiny's Child). To date, I've written and/or played guitar on songs totaling several million streams on Spotify and other streaming services.
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Ben is an incredible guitar player that saw to my project promptly and professionally. His taste is incredible and I can't wait to work with him again!
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Loved working with Ben as a client, super easy to work with. Responded promptly, and was involved in the process!
Ben is a versatile and talented guitarist. I've played with him in a bunch of settings, from pop to rock to jazz to hip hop, and he excels in all of them. Also he is a master of TONE... he consistently produces unique and fitting guitar sounds. Ben is dedicated and excellent at time management, so you can expect quick super quick turnarounds on all your songs. Can't recommend him enough.
Ben is actually the best guitarist I know. He's insanely versatile, skilled, and really knows his stuff. He knows far more about music theory than I do, and I've often had him explain to me some of the musical things that I'm doing that I don't quite understand. That being said, he's never patronizing, and will never make you feel like your work isn't worth his time. Hit him up for anything you need, and I absolutely 100% guarantee you'll be satisfied with the result. He's in it for the music, baby!
Ben is the best producer/guitarist I’ve ever worked with. His technical proficiency is rivaled only by his creativity and willingness to work tirelessly on an idea until it’s perfect. One instance was when he sent me over 4 ideas for one guitar part until it was right. There’s no ego with Ben, and knowing/working with him has been one of the great privileges of my time making music.
Interview with Ben Pleasant
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Versatility. I work on a song by song basis and can cover a wide variety of guitar styles. R&B/Hip-Hop/Pop can go a lot of different directions, and I approach every song just wanting my work to make it better no matter what kind of part that requires.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For remote work, I will sometimes start the track and sometimes add on to an existing track. When there is an existing track, artists sometimes have an idea about what kind of guitar part they want and sometimes they don't. I'll send my initial ideas and then we'll revise from there, if needed. When I'm starting the track, the artist will usually send me some reference songs or ideas about where they want the song to go. Then, I'll build a track or send an idea snippet, and we will go back and forth with revisions from there. Some artists that I work with prefer to take over the production once an idea gets rolling and some prefer me to control that aspect.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My audio interface is a UAD apollo x6. My computer is a 2018 Mac mini 3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7. I usually work in Logic Pro X. My most used mics are a Shure KSM32 and a SM57. For electric guitar projects, I either mic one of my amps (Fender Deluxe Reverb 1974, Fender Princeton Reverb, Egnator Tweaker-88) or I record DI and use amp modeling software (go-to is Archetype). My go to electric guitars include a Fender Stratocaster and a Gibson 339, and my go to acoustic is my Martin Custom Shop HD-28. My most used plugins come from the Soundtoys Suite, Eventide Anthology, Waves, and UAD. I also have a bass, a mandolin, and a ukulele that I often play on tracks as well. I use an AKAI midi controller for drum programming and keys.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dreamville/J. Cole, Bon Iver, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, Kenny Beats, 40, Terrace Martin, Rick Rubin
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly, artists that I work with will either have me play guitar/bass on one of their existing tracks or will ask me to provide a new idea for them to base a song off of. The new idea might be just a guitar part or an entire track/beat depending on the artist and situation.