The Gaslamp Killer

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The Gaslamp Killer
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The Gaslamp Killer in 2009.
Background information
Birth name William Benjamin Bensussen
Also known as GLK
Origin San Diego, California, United States
Genres Underground hip hop[1]
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ
Instruments Turntables, sampler, keyboard
Years active 2000–present
Labels Brainfeeder, Alpha Pup Records, Finders Keepers
Associated acts Flying Lotus, Gonjasufi, Samiyam, Free the Robots

William Benjamin Bensussen, better known by his stage name The Gaslamp Killer, is an alternative hip hop producer and DJ based in Los Angeles, California.[2] He is currently signed with Brainfeeder, a record label founded by Flying Lotus.[3]


Bensussen grew up in San Diego, California, where he became a DJ in the Gaslamp district. His unique sets often ruined the music vibe in the clubs, earning him the nickname "The Gaslamp Killer."[4]

After moving to Los Angeles in 2006, he helped found Low End Theory, "L.A.'s monolithic weekly showcase for uncut beat-driven tracks".[5]

The Gaslamp Killer has played at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival,[3] the Austin Psych Fest,[6] the Decibel Festival,[7] and the Voodoo Fest.[8]

He produced Gonjasufi's debut album, A Sufi and a Killer, with Flying Lotus and Mainframe in 2010.[9]

He released the single, "Flange Face" b/w "Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun," in August 2012. It was chosen by Pitchfork Media as Best New Track in July.[10] His debut album, Breakthrough, was released in September 2012.[11]

Personal life[edit]

He is Jewish, and his ancestry includes Turkish, Lebanese, Mexican and Lithuanian.[12][13]and Ukrainian.




  • The Killer Robots (2008) w/ Free the Robots
  • My Troubled Mind (2009)
  • Death Gate (2010)


  • "Impulse" (2010) w/ Daedelus
  • "Flange Face" b/w "Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun" (2012)
  • "Brass Sabbath" (2013) w/ Jungle by Night


  • Gaslamp Killers (2007)
  • It's a Rocky Road : Volume 1 (2007)
  • It's a Rocky Road : Volume 2 (2007)
  • I Spit on Your Grave (2008)
  • We Make It Good Mix Series Volume 5 (2008)
  • Akuma No Chi Ga Odoru (2009)
  • All Killer: Finders Keepers Records 1-20 Mixed by The Gaslamp Killer (2009)
  • Hell and the Lake of Fire Are Waiting for You! (2009)
  • Vs Finders Keepers (2009)
  • A Decade of Flying Lotus (2010)
  • Helio x GLK (2013)
  • Lavender AM - Meditation Mix (2013)


Guest appearances[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • The Change Up EP-V.01 (2006)
  • T7L: Audio Promo Disc 707 (2007)
  • ArtDontSleep Presents... From L.A. with Love (2007)
  • Echo Expansion (2007)
  • Secret Hangout (2007)
  • Brainfeeder Sampler (2008)
  • Warp Records Spring 2008 (2008)
  • Stussy x TurntableLab - Beats (2008)
  • Dublab Presents: Echo Expansion (2009)
  • Choice on 12 (2010)
  • Radio Galaxia (2010)
  • Low End Theory Podcast (2010)


  1. ^ Ranta, Alan (24 September 2012). "The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough". Exclaim!. 
  2. ^ Glazer, Joshua (20 November 2010). "Gaslamp Killer at the center of the L.A. beat". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ a b Rubin, Mike (25 May 2010). "Lost, With Laptops, in Psychedelic Space". New York Times. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Weiss, Jeff (8 September 2010). "The Gaslamp Killer: His troubled mind". Resident Advisor. 
  5. ^ Krimper, Michael (12 August 2009). "Sound of vertigo: Why the Gaslamp Killer leads listeners into a hallucinatory odyssey". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Dewitt, Matthew (12 April 2010). "Austin Psych Fest 3: The Gaslamp Killer". Austinist. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Segal, Dave (26 January 2010). "The Motherfucker of Invention". The Stranger. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "10 Must-See Acts at Voodoo Fest: The Gaslamp Killer". Rolling Stone. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Tewksbury, Drew (15 March 2010). "Tonight: The Gaslamp Killer and Mainframe at Gonjasufi record release". LA Weekly. 
  10. ^ Cohen, Ian (31 July 2012). "The Gaslamp Killer: "Flange Face" (ft. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)". Pitchfork Media. 
  11. ^ Murray, Robin (11 July 2012). "The Gaslamp Killer Completes New Album 'Breakthrough' due on September 17th". Clash. 
  12. ^ Lewis, John (18 October 2010). "The Gaslamp Killer: A bright spark hits the decks". Metro. 
  13. ^ Beeber, Steven Lee (10 August 2012). "The Gaslamp Killer / Jeremiah Jae". Spex. 

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