Ben Kenney

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Ben Kenney
Incubus - Rock in Rio Madrid 2012 - 35.jpg
Ben Kenney performing live with Incubus in Madrid.
Background information
Born (1977-03-12) March 12, 1977 (age 37)
Genres Alternative rock, alternative hip hop
Instruments Vocals, guitars, bass guitar, drums
Labels Ghetto Crush Industries
Associated acts Incubus, The Roots, Time Lapse Consortium, The Division Group, Supergrub
Website www.benkenney.com

Benjamin Lee "Ben" Kenney, Sr. (born March 12, 1977), is a musician from Brielle, New Jersey, USA. He is the bass guitarist for the band Incubus.

Kenney played guitar for the hip-hop group The Roots before he joined Incubus in 2003 after the departure of the bass guitarist and founding member Alex Katunich (aka Dirk Lance).[1] He had previously played with Incubus members Mike Einziger and Jose Pasillas in Time Lapse Consortium.

Kenney plays at least six different instruments[citation needed] and sometimes plays drum duets with Incubus' drummer Jose Pasillas live on-stage.

He has also done studio work for artists including Justin Timberlake, Faith Evans, Erykah Badu and Blackalicious, and for the producers Timbaland and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

26, Maduro, Distance and Comfort and "Burn the Tapes" were all released by Kenney's own record company, Ghetto Crush Industries. Ghetto Crush has also released music for The Division Group, Aleda and Root Valdez. Kenney helped The Smyrk to produce their EP, New Fiction.

Solo career[edit]

Kenney started in a New Jersey band called Racecar in 1994 with Jimmie Muller and Sam Hofman. After this, he and Chuck Treece started a musical duo called Supergrub in 1996, with three CDs released: Norma & Thurselle, Communicator and Challenger.

He has five solo albums, 26 released on December 1, 2004, Maduro released on March 1, 2006, Distance and Comfort released on January 15, 2008, Burn The Tapes released on October 1, 2010, and Leave On Your Makeup released on September 17th, 2013. Kenney plays guitar, bass guitar and drums while singing and writing every part on the solo records. When touring to support his solo records he plays guitar and sings, accompanied by Ashley Mendel on bass guitar and vocals and Sekou Lumumba on drums. Recently, Ben has replaced the drummer, Sekou Lumumba, with Simon Harding from the band Fin.

Equipment[edit]

His bass equipment includes Lakland bass guitars, Line 6 effects "(interview)".  and Mesa Boogie amplifiers. His collection of bass guitars includes a seafoam-green USA Joe Osborn, sunburst USA Joe Osborn with a fretless fingerboard, sunburst Skyline Joe Osborn, red Skyline Bob Glaub, shoreline gold Skyline Hollowbody and a Hofner 500/1 "Beatle Bass". All of his bass guitars have rosewood fingerboards and are strung with GHS flatwounds, with the exception of the Skyline Bob Glaub which is strung with roundwounds. His live Mesa/Boogie rig consists of a pair of Big Block 750 heads and a Roadready 8x10 cabinet. In the studio and for solo gigs and small live gigs with Incubus, he uses Mesa Walkabout 1x12 combos and extension cabs.

Discography[edit]

26 (2004)

  1. Breathe - 3:31
  2. Hoopdie - 4:17
  3. 4.2.3. - 5:23
  4. Andrea's Asleep - 1:08
  5. Creme - 3:41
  6. You Won't Like the Sound - 3:16
  7. So Hard - 2:47
  8. Mr. Spader, I Presume - 1:28
  9. Empty Handed - 4:30

Maduro (2006)

  1. Wrong - 3:00
  2. Inside Pt. 2 - 4:15
  3. Skyscraper - 2:57
  4. Nigeria - 1:12
  5. The Ether - 2:52
  6. Nepenthe - 1:15
  7. Conception and the Funeral - 3:26
  8. It's Not Too Late - 4:08
  9. How Would You Know? - 3:49
  10. Girl - 3:55
  11. The Moment - 3:09

Distance and Comfort (2008)

  1. Not Today - 3:27
  2. Get It to Go - 2:14
  3. 18th Avenue - 3:53
  4. Eulogy - 4:20
  5. Walking - 5:19
  6. When We Are Both Cats - 1:51
  7. Implants - 3:04
  8. Fluorescent Yellow - 4:14
  9. Some Days Are Better Than Others - 2:58
  10. Comfort - 7:06

Burn the Tapes (2010)

  1. Beard of Bees - 3:50
  2. Homes - 3:52
  3. Heemtro - 0:44
  4. Aftertouch - 3:09
  5. Rubber Sheets - 4:40
  6. The Kibash - 3:52
  7. Worlds Collide - 3:54
  8. Ishmael - 1:45
  9. Habit - 3:34
  10. Go - 5:49

Leave on your Makeup - EP (2013)

  1. You - 2:35
  2. Concord - 3:20
  3. Leave On Your Makeup - 3:43
  4. New Amsterdam - 2:46
  5. I'll Be Outside (Feat. Brandon Boyd & Kaki King) - 3:55
  6. Let's Be Honest - 4:00

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Incubus - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 

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