Ben Weinman

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Ben Weinman
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Weinman live at the Gods of Metal festival in 2008
Background information
Born (1975-08-08) August 8, 1975 (age 40)
Genres Mathcore, progressive metal, alternative metal, experimental metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, programming, keyboards, piano, bass, drums, vocals
Years active 1997–present
Labels Season of Mist, Party Smasher, Relapse, Epitaph
Associated acts The Dillinger Escape Plan, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, Kimbra

Ben Weinman (born August 8, 1975) is an American musician, most notable for being the lead guitarist for the band The Dillinger Escape Plan. He is the founder and only original member remaining in the band.

Weinman was named one of SPIN Magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time[1] and one of the 20 Most Influential Metal Guitarists Of The Modern Era by VH1[2] Weinman was named one of Guitar World Magazine's 50 fastest guitar players of all time alongside Guitar players such as Eddie Van Halen and Les Paul.[3] He was also recently named one of Guitar World's Top 25 Cult Guitarists,[4] and one of the top modern Metal Guitar players by[5] Weinman has also been listed on as an example of today's most important musicians under their definition of "guitarist" and was named one Alternative Press Magazine's "10 Favorite Guitar Slingers."[6]

He is straight-edge[7] and a vegetarian.[8]

Early life[edit]

Weinman grew up in Morris Plains, New Jersey.[9] He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey where he received a degree in psychology. He then went on to study corporate communications at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Career and work in The Dillinger Escape Plan[edit]

Weinman, Chris Pennie, Dimitri Minakakis and Adam Doll began The Dillinger Escape Plan in 1997.

Weinman has been involved in the production of all the band's releases since their self-titled debut EP, as well as various other musical works. Ben Weinman has self-managed or has been involved with the management of The Dillinger Escape Plan since the band's inception. Known for his outspoken views on the music industry, he has contributed to various publications and spoken at Universities and conferences on the subjects of music production and the music business.[10]

On February 6, 2012, Weinman appeared on the VH1 series Metal Evolution in the final episode on progressive metal[11] where The Dillinger Escape Plan was quoted[clarification needed] as being "the world's most dangerous band".

The band's second full-length album, Miss Machine, was the first album released by record label Relapse Records to make the Billboard charts. Weinman's first full-length studio album with The Dillinger Escape Plan, entitled Calculating Infinity was listed in the book "The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time" by Martin Popoff. Calculating Infinity was also recently named one of "100 best rock albums of all time" by Kerrang magazine, who recently presented Weinman with a spirit of independence award.

Other projects[edit]

Weinman has performed with acts such as Nine Inch Nails and System of a Down.

He is currently in the process of writing and recording music for Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, a supergroup which also consists of Actress and singer Juliette Lewis, Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds, The Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen, and Dethklok and Zappa plays Zappa bassist Pete Griffin[12]

It has been confirmed in an interview on [13] that Weinman is collaborating with New Zealand-born artist Kimbra (perhaps best known for her contributions to the Gotye hit "Somebody That I Used To Know") on the follow-up to her debut album, "Vows". He also recently collaborated with rapper, producer and politician Wyclef Jean, contributing drums to a new song for the former Fugees frontman. At present time there is no information as to where or when the song will appear. Weinman also composed the score for the 2014 film Alien Abduction.


At NAMM 2014 ESP announced the release of the BW-1, Weinman's first signature guitar. He is also known for frequently playing the ESP H and MH series. For amps, Weinman is seen using a variety in the studio, ranging from a Bogner Uberschall to a Marshall JCM, mainly uses Mesa/Boogie Triple Rectifiers and a Mark V for live performances, and a Laney GH50L while recording in the studio.


The Dillinger Escape Plan[edit]

Other Collaborations[edit]

Year Artist/Band Song Album Notes
2007 Zach Hill and Benjamin Weinman Experiment[14] "Untitled" Available on Ben Weinman's Myspace page[15]
2009 Ephel Duath "Bark Loud" Through My Dog's Eyes Contributed programming
2012 For Sleeping or Jumping[16] "Beardrops" Dead Languages Contributed synth and drum programming
2013 Ben Weinman and Kim Thayil "Nanna Banana" Mansoor, Weinman, & Abasi EP Part of Guitar World's subscription offer.[17]
2013 Ben Weinman and Dweezil Zappa "Vices" Mansoor, Weinman, & Abasi EP Part of Guitar World's subscription offer.[18]
2014 Kimbra "Sugar Lies" The Golden Echo Contributed guitar


Year Artist/Band Song Album
2007 The Secret Handshake "Too Young (Dillinger Escape Plan Remix)" Summer of '98
2008 Thrice "Digital Sea (Dillinger Remix)" Come All You Weary
2008 Lil Wayne "Mr. Carter (Go Harder Remix)"
2009 Candiria "Paradigm Shift (Ben Weinman Ignite Remix)" Toying With the Insanities: Volume II
2009 Bring Me the Horizon "No Need For Introductions, I've Read About Girls Like You on the Backs of Toilet Doors (Benjamin Weinman)" Suicide Season: Cut Up!
2010 Violent Soho "Jesus Stole My Girlfriend (Dillinger Escape Plan Remix)"
2010 Iwrestledabearonce "Tastes Like Kevin Bacon (The Benjamin Weinman Remix)" It's All Remixed
2011 As I Lay Dying "Wrath Upon Ourselves (Benjamin Weinman Remix)" Decas
2011 Whitechapel "This Is Exile (Ben Weinman remix)" Recorrupted
2012 Lacuna Coil "Trip the Darkness (Ben Weinman remix)" Underworld Awakening (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


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  3. ^ "50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time". Guitar World. Future US, Inc. November 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  4. ^ di Perna, Alan; Gill, Chris; Grow, Kory; Lalaina, Joe; Scapelliti, Christopher (May 26, 2009). "Cult Leaders". Guitar World. Future US, Inc. Archived from the original on May 31, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
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  7. ^ Teitelman, Bram (January 24, 2012). "Exclusive: The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman – "Drugs Are Not Part Of Our Creative Process"". Metal Insider. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ Slevin, Patrick (March 3, 2010). "Interview with Ben Weinman of Dillinger Escape Plan: More Than They Were Destined For". The Aquarian Weekly. Retrieved June 7, 2016. I’m a vegetarian now... 
  9. ^ Garcia, Alfa. "Morris Plains-based metal rockers The Dillinger Escape Plan will perform in Manhattan", The Record (Bergen County), March 11, 2010. Accessed May 19, 2016. "Wilson and bandmates Greg Puciato, Jeff Tuttle, Billy Rymer and Ben Weinman (founding member and Morris Plains native) spend their performances dodging head stocks, guitars and body parts, at the same time challenging their listeners to participate."
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