Ben Westbeech

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Ben Westbeech
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Background information
Birth name Ben Westbeech
Also known as Breach, Lean
Born (1981-05-12) 12 May 1981 (age 33)
Origin Bristol, England
Genres Jazz, house, electronica
Occupations Producer, DJ
Instruments Cello, piano
Years active 2006–present
Labels Trademark of Energy Production Srl, Brownswood Recordings, Naked Naked, Dirtybird
Associated acts Andreya Triana
Website benwestbeech.com

Ben Westbeech (born 12 May 1981) is an English DJ and producer originating from Hertfordshire who spent his formative musical years in Bristol. He lives in Amsterdam.[1][2] Trained as cellist and vocalist, his influences include house, soul, jazz and hip hop.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]

Early career: 2007–08[edit]

Westbeech gave a CD containing his first single "So Good Today" to a friend in London. Two months later she played it to Gilles Peterson who snapped it up.[citation needed] This led to him being signed to Gilles Peterson's new label, Brownswood Recordings. His debut album Welcome to the Best Years of Your Life was released in March 2007.[3] He later appeared on Later... with Jools Holland alongside Paul McCartney and Björk. He also appeared on the track "Squeeze Me" on Kraak & Smaak's album Plastic People, released in April 2008.[4]

There's More To Life Than This: 2009–11[edit]

More recently, he appeared on the track "I Can See", which was the main single for Jazzanova's album titled Of All The Things, released in January 2009 on Verve/Universal. Ben also sang on the song "Shame" for DJ Marky and Artificial Intelligence. Westbeech is working with Professor Green (producing for his new record), Kutz[disambiguation needed] (Soul Jazz), Redlight (Lobster Boy) and Rusko (Mad Decent). In 2009, Strictly Rhythm approached Westbeech and suggested he record something for them.[citation needed] He released his second album, There's More To Life Than This on the label in September 2011.[5] The record features collaborators including Soul Clap, Henrik Schwarz, MJ Cole, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Georg Levin.[citation needed] Westbeech described it as "house inspired, rather than straight up house music".[6] Westbeech also produces and DJs under the moniker Breach.[7] Under the "Breach" moniker, he produced the track "Fatherless" released on PTN in 2010.[8] Breach has released music on Claude VonStroke's Dirtybird label and Pet's (Catz n Dogz' label). Westbeech also wrote the vocal for Redlight's Breakthrough hit "Get Out My Head" featuring Nicole Jackson. He also owns the record label "Naked Naked" which releases tracks from Breach, Midland, Dusky and Dark Sky.[9]

2013-present: Breakthrough[edit]

In June 2013, Westbeech's remix of Maya Jane Coles' "Everything" featuring Karin Park was released through I/AM/ME.[10]

In July 2013, under the name "Breach" he released his first successful single on the UK Singles Chart, "Jack", peaking at 9. The follow up single, "Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)" featuring Andreya Triana, also peaked at 9.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Notes
Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life
  • Released: 2007
  • Format: Digital download, CD
There's More To Life Than This
  • Released: 2011
  • Format: Digital download, CD

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[11]
UK Dance
[12]
IRE
[13]
SCO
[14]
2012 "You Won't Find Love Again" Non-album singles
"101 / Somewhere"
2013 "The Click / Fallout"
"Jack" 9 4 74 12
"Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)"
(feat. Andreya Triana)
9 2 84 13
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

Other songs[edit]

  • "Get Closer" (12")
  • "So Good Today" (12")
  • "So Good Today" (Domu Remixes) (12", Promo)
  • "So Good Today" (Osunlade Remixes) (12")
  • "So Good Today"/"Beauty" (12")
  • "Dance With Me" (MJ Cole / Switch Remixes) (12")
  • "Hang Around" (Remixes) (12")
  • "Hang Around"/"Pusherman" (7", W/Lbl)
  • "Something For The Weekend"
  • "Falling" (Strictly Rhythm)
  • 2013: "Let's Get Hot"
  • 2013: "You Won't Find Love Again"

Samples[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ben Westbeech". Steinberg.net/. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  2. ^ "BenWestbeech/BREACH (benwestbeech) on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  3. ^ "Ben Westbeech - Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2007-03-26. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Kraak & Smaak - Plastic People (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Ben Westbeech - There\'s More To Life Than This". Strictly.com. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  6. ^ "RA News: Ben Westbeech says There's More to Life Than This". Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  7. ^ "FACT mix 346: Breach – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music". Factmag.com. 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  8. ^ "Breach (2) - Fatherless at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2011-02-02. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  9. ^ Swift, Patrick (2012-06-24). "Ben Westbeech Starts New Label". Mixmag. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  10. ^ "Breach Remix of Maya Jane Coles". Indie Shuffle. 2014-04-08. 
  11. ^ "Breach > UK Charts". officialcharts.com/ Official Charts Company. 
  12. ^ Peak positions for the Dance singles in the UK:
  13. ^ Peak positions in Ireland:
  14. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:

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