Ben Barter

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Ben Barter
Ben Barter in Chicago.jpg
Background information
Born (1985-10-16) 16 October 1985 (age 34)
OriginAuckland, New Zealand
Associated actsLorde, Jarryd James, Broods, Passion Pit, Kingston

Ben Barter (born 16 October 1985) is a New Zealand drummer based in Los Angeles, CA.[1] He is the touring drummer for Lorde and has also performed with such acts as Broods, Jarryd James, and Passion Pit.[2] He has worked on recordings as a session drummer most notably with Grammy Award winning producer, Joel Little.[3]


Ben Barter got his first drum kit at the age of five and played in his family jazz band and school bands while growing up in Auckland, New Zealand. He began his music career as a member of Auckland power pop band, Kingston in 2005.[4] They released 2 EPs and one full-length album and toured the US, Australia, and Japan. Barter was also a member of New Zealand hip-hop outfit Kidz in Space and toured with alternative hip-hop group No Wyld.

Ben Barter began drumming for Lorde at her first public performance at Galatos' Basement in 2013. He went on to tour with her in support of the breakout Love Club EP and subsequent, highly acclaimed full-length release, Pure Heroine and Melodrama. The international tour included appearances at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Lollapalooza, Splendour in the Grass, Osheaga, as well as television performances on Ellen, Later... with Jools Holland, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with David Letterman, the MTV Video Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, and the 56th Annual Grammy Awards where Lorde won awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.

After completing the Pure Heroine tour, Barter went on to perform with Broods including an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. He also toured internationally with Australian soul artist Jarryd James which included appearances at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and Lollapalooza. In 2019, he began recording and performing with LA artist Michi. Between touring, Ben does remote drum recording out of his space in Silver Lake and studio sessions for music and film around LA.

He will resume touring with Lorde for her sophomore release beginning with appearances at Coachella and Governors Ball Music Festival.[5]

Ben Barter is known for his hybrid drumming style, mixing electronic and acoustic drums. He plays Ludwig Drums, Zildjian[6] cymbals and sticks, and Roland electronics.

He has a solo music project called BB Normal and released his first EP in early 2020.


  1. ^ "An Interview with Ben Barter". Movement Drum Company. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Ben Barter". "Ludwig Drums". Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Ben Barter". "Off Beat with Michael Aubrecht". 15 December 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Ben Barter of Lorde". "Modern Drummer". 14 February 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Ben Barter, Lorde's drummer". "Radio New Zealand". 9 January 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Ben Barter". "Zildjian". Retrieved 23 January 2017.