Ben Shirken aka Beshken is an artist, producer, and mixing engineer living in Brooklyn, New York. He has produced and mixed for an eclectic range of electronic, pop, jazz, and r&b artists such as Thoom, Spencer., Gus Dapperton, Deli Girls & Halima. Ben attended NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music where he received a BFA in Recorded Music.
After attending NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music where he studied music production, recording, and mixing, Ben Shirken has gone on to mix music for artists on labels such as Beggars, 4AD, RCA, SONY, and AWAL. He owns a professional studio in Ridgewood, Queens complete with synths, an upright piano, rhodes, drum set, guitars, bass, amps, microphones, many pedals and extra goodies. He splits his time between working on his solo music and various mixing and production projects.
Producing music under the name Beshken, Shirken has toured with Gus Dapperton, Com Truise, Photay and Alto Palo. Shirken mixes all of his own music, mostly electronic in nature, but it also delves into indie rock, experimental, club, and pop styles too. He is also a member of Nu Jazz and CGI Jesus, two Brooklyn based improvisational Jazz bands which he also produces and mixes.
Offering mixing, mastering, production, recording, and sound design work!
For examples of Alt pop, check out the song "Tony" by Thoom
For examples of R&B that Shirken has produced and mix, check out the artists Halima and Spencer.
For examples of Jazz check out CGI Jesus
For examples of pop, check out the song "Heartbreak City" by the artist Chloe Lilac.
For examples of indie rock, check out the song "I'm Fine" by Daisy the Great.
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3 ReviewsEndorse Ben Shirken
Ben was efficient, kind, and super easy to communicate with! Would 100% work with him again the future.
Ben is one of the most professional, prompt and considerate people I've ever worked with. He mixed and mastered two of my songs well within the deadline we discussed, and truly understood what I was going for both sonically and emotionally. He responded quickly to my notes on each mix/mastering pass, and we communicated and sent files back and forth seamlessly. I couldn't be happier with the finished versions and look forward to working with Ben again in the future. Highly, highly recommend.
Ben is great at mixing and cares about making sure the songs sound great. Really good communication too and put in the extra time to make for a quality mix for each of the songs. Definitely will reach out again for my next songs 👏
Interview with Ben Shirken
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was the recording engineer, producer, and mixer on "Tony" by Thoom. I was heavily involved in both the creative and engineering aspects of creating this song, and the final track turned out to be pristine! Loved working on the song from various angles and perspectives.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have been making music under the name Beshken for the past 5 years. I think I bring a creativity to a mix that is uncommon with most mixing engineers because I produce and mix my own music almost full time. I think outside of the box when necessary but can also keep it simple depending on what I think the track needs.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am a producer, instrumentalist, and mixing engineer for the most part. In terms of production, I can start a song from scratch or work from a fleshed out idea. We will then come up with ideas together and it is mostly a collaborative experience. I have produced music for artists on the labels Beggars, 4AD, RCA, SONY, and AWAL. I am pretty versatile when it comes to mixing and have worked with artists spanning all genres. Recently I have been mixing live drums and strings, but I am adept at mixing most instruments. Electronic Music and Hip-hop comes naturally to me.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A new album and mixing a few projects for some clients.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Benny Berger. Devon Baran.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I use both.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will work until the track sounds perfect and I promise it will sound professional.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: As long as you bounce the stems individually, I can serve you a great mix.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been making music for 10 years, 6 years as my solo project Beshken, and studied music production and recording at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a loft studio in Ridgewood, Brooklyn where I do most of my work. We have a bunch of synths, some modular gear, a rhodes, upright piano, drum set, percussion, guitars, bass, various dynamic and condenser microphones and a few pedals. I have access to the studio 24/7, and we also rent it out as a professional recording space to local artists.