An indie/folk producer with a penchant for percussion from around the world and mellotron flutes. Always mellotron flutes.
As a producer I do my best to bring all of your diverse influences into one cohesive sound. I pride myself on being a diverse music listener who is just as rooted in IDM as I am in modern West African music and I work best with people who have similarly eclectic taste. I often know that I am working with the right person when they are referencing just as many weird film scores and Japanese Punk bands as I am!
Because of my diverse listening habits I tend to reach for a broad palette of unusual sound combinations when producing a song for someone. I like to combine traditional Americana instruments with analog synths and unusual drum and percussion choices, resulting in a sound that is familiar but also brings something new to the table. A mix of sounds that are rooted in the traditional but embrace the weird and innovative.
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16 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Ben Kling
Ben is a gifted composer. Fast, collaborative, gets the direction the song is going and asks the right questions. I really enjoyed working with him, the quality was top notch.
Ben is a wizard and you shouldn't hesitate to use him!
Amazing experience again. Worked to get the mix just perfect!
Continually amazing! You will not find anyone that takes direction better than Ben.
First time using Ben for mixing, I knew he was an extremely talented producer and musician but was once again blown away by his work. I've never collaborated with someone who takes direction so well, which is so challenging when everything is through messaging online. He does this flawlessly.
Absolute pleasure again. Could not be more happy with Ben's work
Completely blown away again. Ben takes my little ideas and turns them into something so polished. So happy with the production work.
Simply amazing work! Ben takes direction so well, I never have to worry. Highly recommend.
Ben's talent is out of this world! Very easy to work with, takes direction well, happily willing to fine tune and make little adjustments til everything is 100%. Could not have asked for more!
Brief job but I already can tell that Ben is an absolutely incredible musician! Great communication and insanely creative!
Ben was great to work with! He listened to my ideas and produced the vision for this track with expedience, professionalism, great musicality, fun and a caring attitude. I highly recommend him for your next project.
Ben was a pleasure to work with, he added some great new life to a simple idea, crisp, clean, and finished! thank you!!
Ben was super fun and easy to work with! He gave the song the exact feeling that I was having in my mind and was very responsive and quick. Although we live in different time zones, it was easy to communicate and Ben was always very motivated to work on the song and finish it as soon as possible :-)
Ben brings a unique combination of an excellent ear, a creative spark that is always ear catching, and an extremely caring and intelligent attention to detail to every track. His musical work is always compelling, and his mixes are exceptionally clear and vibrant. Highly recommended, especially for acoustic and rock projects,
Ben Kling was by far the best producer I have ever worked with. He is extremely organized, always on time, very professional and super fun to work with. He took my songs places I didn't know they could go. His creativity is outstanding, he knows exactly what a song needs to reach it's fullest potential.
Ben is a fantastic collaborator. I've toplined tracks he's created for licensing, as well as cowritten songs with him. He's got a style unlike anyone else. He's great at adding his creative voice to his work while still honoring and serving the original vision of the artist he's working with.
Interview with Ben Kling
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog just because it forces you to be a little more thoughtful with the choices you make. Having the restrictions of analog can really force you to be more creative and come up with some cool solutions. That being said I have no beef with digital and I actually prefer to mix in the box.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: "Ben always doubles the vocals" That's just not true... Its probably like a 50/50 split at most.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd actually rather work with some producers and engineers. I feel like they could teach me a ton. Ariel Rechtshaid, Rostam, Tchad Blake, Shawn Everett, and Ethan Gruska will all be super cool people to learn a trick or two from!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: This is getting into some really nerdy stuff here but you asked for it so here we go. Put a transient designer on your drum machine loop and then randomly automate the attack and sustain of said transient designer for a more dynamic sound. This also works great with trap hats, its a really nice way of adding some movement and life to a sound that is otherwise kinda robotic and rigid (though sometimes you want that!)
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm a very versatile musician and producer, I can't think of many genres that I don't pull influence from. For instance my guitar playing style is heavily influenced by Palm Wine music from West Africa but I also have trained as a bluegrass mandolin player. Having this broad palette to choose from allows me to take the production of a song in a unique direction that listener, and sometimes the artist, wasn't expecting.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a combination of traditional folk instruments and modern analog synths. Some highlights are: Gibson Hummingbird guitar, Stonebridge Mandolin, Mood Grandmother, Juno 106. Feel free to message me if you want to know more! I just feel kinda silly listing out every instrument in my studio...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Here are a couple of my favorite albums at the moment: Nick Mulvey - First Mind Laura Mvula - Sing To The Moon Beach Boys - Pet Sounds Sergio Santos - Africo Mingus, Ellington and Roach - Money Jungle
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing and fleshing out singer-songwriter folk songs lush, diverse, Spotify-ready songs.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm mixing some singles for Eva Cassel, producing an EP for Kathryn Hallberg, and working on a personal project!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Producing and cowriting the album Norman by Ralph Waldo. It is not the cleanest album I've produced but I feel that the music that is on it is most representative of my music. It combines all my favorite influences from folk, to 60's rock, to Afro-Brazilian music to Americana.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I love working with singer-songwriters who are slightly out of left field. When an artist or musician's listening taste is as broad as mine and they bring influence from all over the world it can really create something unique. If it sounds like something I've never heard before then I want to work on it!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I find asking big musical influences to be super helpful and informative. Beyond tha I also love to know what the songwriter or artist watches on TV or what their favorite book of movie is. Knowing more about the other art they enjoy and consume really helps flesh out who they are as a musician. Plus it's always cool to hear people get fired up talking about the art they are passionate about.