Paul Carter (songwriter)

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Paul Carter
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Background information
Also known asBenbrick[1]
Born (1988-12-12) 12 December 1988 (age 30)[2]
OriginLondon, United Kingdom
Occupation(s)Producer, songwriter
Years active2011–present
Associated actsGeorge The Poet, Troye Sivan, Utada Hikaru, Ricky Gervais, Peter Gregson
Websitebenbrick.co.uk

Paul Carter, also known as Benbrick, is a multi-platinum selling British songwriter, producer[3] and composer. He wrote Sakura Nagashi with Hikaru Utada from her 2016 Japan Record Award winning album Fantôme which has sold over one million copies.[4] In 2018 Benbrick started producing and composing on Have You Heard George's Podcast?[5] with George The Poet. The podcast won 5 Gold British Podcast Awards in 2019 including the coveted Podcast of the Year award.[6]

Songwriting[edit]

Benbrick wrote Sakura Nagashi (桜流し) with Japanese popstar Hikaru Utada.[7] It charted at No. 1 on iTunes[8] and has sold 600k singles worldwide.[9] Sakura Nagashi was the end-credits music to the Japanese movie Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo[10] which was the biggest film opening of 2012[11] and the 12th biggest opening of all time in Japan.[12] The single was also included on the 2016 album Fantôme. Upon its release Fantôme debuted at number one in Japan, and 18 other countries. It reached No. 3 in the United States[13] and No. 1 on the US Billboard World Albums.[14] Fantôme won Best Album at the 58th Japan Record Awards[15] and has sold 1m physical + digital units in Japan.[16]

Benbrick wrote Gasoline with Troye Sivan which was included on his record TRXYE. The album charted on iTunes at No. 1 in 66 countries including the USA,[17] United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. TRXYE debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200[18] and by July 2015 the EP had combined downloads of 371,000 in the United States,[19] had sold 80,000 copies of the album, and had been streamed 39 million times.[20]

Benbrick wrote Stand As One from Mary Jess debut album Shine which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.[21] Stand As One was used for a global P&G TV advertising campaign.[22] Benbrick also wrote 記得要微笑 on the 2014 Elva Hsiao record "Shut Up And Kiss Me"[23] which reached No. 1 on the iTunes charts in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Podcasting[edit]

In 2018 Benbrick started working with spoken word artist George The Poet composing and producing on his podcast “Have You Heard George’s Podcast?”.[24] Everyman Cinema called the live show “a mind-bending experiment with musical storytelling” leading to 4 sell-out shows at Everyman Cinemas across the UK.[25] In 2019 BBC Radio 4 called Episode 3 “a story that could change the world”[26] and the podcast was nominated for 6 British Podcast Awards[27] including Best New Podcast, Best Fiction, Smartest Podcast, Best Current Affairs, Best Arts & Culture, and Moment of the Year.

Interaction with Ricky Gervais[edit]

In 2014 Benbrick composed "The Only Shortcut" set to scenes from Ricky Gervais TV show Derek.[28] Ricky Gervais discovered the music calling it 'stunningly beautiful'[29] later adding 'I just want you to love it as much as I do'.[30] In 2015 Benbrick composed "Perfect Ending" and set it to scenes from series 2 of the same show. This time Ricky Gervais called Benbrick "a future genius".[31] The pair met in 2016 after Benbrick created the music for the Derek Christmas Special Trailer which Gervais posted on his official YouTube channel,[32] and later that year Benbrick created the visual and music for a TigerTime advertisement - one of Ricky's charity ambassadorial projects.[33]

Podcast Discography[edit]

Have You Heard George's Podcast Season One[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Discography[edit]

Solo Discography (as Benbrick)[edit]

  • 2018: "陰り!" (EP) - Benbrick
  • 2016: "Closer | Closure" (EP) – Benbrick
  • 2016: "La Perfezione Brevemente" – Benbrick
  • 2015: "Perfect Ending" – Benbrick
  • 2015: "The Only Shortcut" – Benbrick
  • 2015: "Magic" – Benbrick ft Spencer Ludwig
  • 2014: "And So She Runs" – Benbrick
  • 2014: "Forever Holding On" – Benbrick

Songwriting Discography[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Why George The Poet swept the board. [6], The Guardian, May 2019.
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  12. ^ Japan All Time Opening Weekends. [11], Box Office Mojo, Dec 2012.
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  15. ^ 58th Japan Record Awards. [12], Arama, Dec 2016.
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  18. ^ "Billboard 200: Did 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack Stay at No. 1?".
  19. ^ Caulfield, Keith (26 July 2015). "YouTube Star Troye Sivan Announces New Album 'Wild'". Billboard. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  20. ^ Caulfield, Keith (18 September 2015). "Troye Sivan Talks 'Wild' Chart Success, Upcoming Music Plans: 'It's a Little Insane, To Be Honest'". Billboard. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
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  22. ^ As Seen on TV UK website. [15], AsSeenOnTheTv.co.uk.
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  26. ^ Can Stories Change The World [19], Beyond Today BBC R4, Nov 2018.
  27. ^ British Podcast Awards Nominations 2019. [20], BPA, April 2019.
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  37. ^ Grenfell II. [30], SoundCloud, April 2019.
  38. ^ It's On Us. [31], aCast, April 2019.
  39. ^ Press Play. [32], aCast, April 2019.
  40. ^ The Journey Pt I. [33], aCast, April 2019.
  41. ^ The Journey Pt II. [34], aCast, April 2019.
  42. ^ Sanyu's World. [35], aCast, April 2019.
  43. ^ McClaren Launch. [36], YouTube, Jan 2017.
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