The Gaslamp Killer

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The Gaslamp Killer
The Gaslamp Killer (aka William Bensussen) photo by Tim Saccenti
The Gaslamp Killer (aka William Bensussen) photo by Tim Saccenti
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Benjamin Bensussen
Born (1982-11-07) November 7, 1982 (age 39)[1]
OriginSan Diego, California, United States
GenresPsychedelia, underground hip hop
Occupation(s)Producer, DJ
InstrumentsTurntables, drums, sampler, keyboard
Years active2000–present
LabelsBrainfeeder,[2] Cuss Records, Finders Keepers, Gaslamp Killer Music
Associated actsAmir Yaghmai, Gonjasufi, Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Free the Robots
Websitethegaslampkiller.com

William Benjamin Bensussen (born November 7, 1982), better known by his stage name The Gaslamp Killer, is an American alternative hip hop producer and DJ based in Los Angeles, California.[3]

Career[edit]

He grew up in San Diego, California, where he became a DJ in the Gaslamp district. His 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,[6] the Austin Psych Fest,[7] the Decibel Festival,[8] and the Voodoo Fest.[9]

He produced Gonjasufi's debut album, A Sufi and a Killer, with Flying Lotus and Mainframe in 2010.[10]

In August 2012, he released a single, "Flange Face" b/w "Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun", which was listed by Pitchfork as their "Best New Track" of July 2012.[11] His debut album, Breakthrough, was released in September 2012.[12]

In 2015, he released a live album, The Gaslamp Killer Experience: Live in Los Angeles.[13] In 2016, he released a studio album, Instrumentalepathy.[14] In 2020, he released his latest album Heart Math.

Personal life[edit]

He is Jewish, and his ancestry includes Turkish, Lebanese, Mexican and Lithuanian.[15][16] His great-uncle is activist Herbert Aptheker.

In 2017, he was accused of rape by a woman named Chelsea Tadros, who claimed he met her and another woman at the Standard Hotel in 2013, and “had non-consensual sex with both of us while we were completely incapacitated.” Bensussen replied with a $5 million defamation lawsuit. In 2019, the suit was settled with a joint statement: "After their discussions, Ms. Tadros acknowledges she does not know who drugged her, and both parties recognized that Ms. Tadros could have been drugged by one of the many attendees that were present on July 5th, 2013. Ms. Tadros continues to maintain that she was drugged and thereby unable to consent on July 5, 2013. Mr. Bensussen maintains that he has never drugged or raped anyone, and that he did not have any indication that Ms. Tadros was drugged or unable to consent."[17]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Breakthrough (2012)
  • Instrumentalepathy (2016)
  • Break Stuff (2019)
  • Heart Math (2020)

Live albums[edit]

  • The Gaslamp Killer Experience: Live in Los Angeles (2015)

EPs[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

  • "Impulse" (2010) (with Daedelus)
  • "Flange Face" b/w "Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun" (2012)
  • "Brass Sabbath" (2013) (with Jungle by Night)
  • "Murder Man" (2015) (with Mophono)
  • "Residual Tingles" (2016)

Mixes[edit]

  • 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)

Productions[edit]

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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Gastlamp Killer Facebook post. Facebook. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Breakthrough by The Gaslamp Killer". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Glazer, Joshua (November 20, 2010). "Gaslamp Killer at the center of the L.A. beat". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Weiss, Jeff (September 8, 2010). "The Gaslamp Killer: His troubled mind". Resident Advisor.
  5. ^ Krimper, Michael (August 12, 2009). "Sound of vertigo: Why the Gaslamp Killer leads listeners into a hallucinatory odyssey". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  6. ^ Rubin, Mike (May 25, 2010). "Lost, With Laptops, in Psychedelic Space". The New York Times. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  7. ^ Dewitt, Matthew (April 12, 2010). "Austin Psych Fest 3: The Gaslamp Killer". Austinist. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  8. ^ Segal, Dave (January 26, 2010). "The Motherfucker of Invention". The Stranger. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  9. ^ "10 Must-See Acts at Voodoo Fest: The Gaslamp Killer". Rolling Stone. October 15, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  10. ^ Tewksbury, Drew (March 15, 2010). "Tonight: The Gaslamp Killer and Mainframe at Gonjasufi record release". LA Weekly.
  11. ^ Cohen, Ian (July 31, 2012). "The Gaslamp Killer: "Flange Face" (ft. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)". Pitchfork.
  12. ^ Murray, Robin (July 11, 2012). "The Gaslamp Killer Completes New Album 'Breakthrough' due on September 17th". Clash.
  13. ^ Kreps, Daniel (October 5, 2015). "Watch Gaslamp Killer Experience's Trippy 'Ritual' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  14. ^ Leight, Elias (August 11, 2016). "The Gaslamp Killer Announces 'Instrumentalepathy' Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  15. ^ Lewis, John (October 18, 2010). "The Gaslamp Killer: A bright spark hits the decks". Metro.
  16. ^ Beeber, Steven Lee (August 10, 2012). "The Gaslamp Killer / Jeremiah Jae". Spex.
  17. ^ Blistein, Jon (July 30, 2019). "Gaslamp Killer Drops Lawsuit Against Rape Accuser, Issues Joint Statement". Rolling Stone.

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