triphop music collaborations btwn BenOaks & incredible lyrical artists

some amazing new triphop collaborations btwn BenOaks & 66notes Rachael Green Sings Circumstantial Saint @the_Griot_Giant @androideddie @kalamitye @realpinkeyes Sir Dominique Jordan Sean Hogan W.O.N.E. Adam Kissinger Alexandria Lee Wise Todd B Stevens JW Nielsen Gentle Jones Ren Thomas Official Jefferson Ambrose Music
got SO MANY more for this year! follow BenOaks to stay tuned! 😘

TONITE! BenOaks tells his ENTIRE LIFE / RECOVERY story for the 1st time

BenOaks LOVES the new Switchboard studio / gallery space in Columbia, PA SO MUCH he is going to share his ENTIRE life story for the 1st time EVER in public TONITE 6:30-9pm. He was invited by Miss Alison & Eric Tonzola to share his RECOVERY story. He enjoys the space & feels so comfortable & inspired that he will be sharing stories about being raised in a cult – Jehovah’s Witnesses – to childhood sexual abuse, substance abuse, suicide survivor & now 5 years alcohol-free & an unhoused & mental health advocate 😍

The monthly 4th Friday Art Show from last month was rescheduled for tonite due to bad weather.

Here is the RECOVERY Art Show Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1528351667639517

He will be performing new triphop music – mixing soul music, hiphop, reggae, dubstep + lyricism from spoken word artist LEE MORR & rapper OLILEWYA & singer AROARA.

During their set visual artists Darren Jordan & Bird Ribecca of Birdup Productions will be making ART!

Here’s a clip of Benjamin Oaks performing at Switchboard Studios & Gallery at their open mic this past week. He is joined by 2 of Lancaster County’s finest musicians: @_K_Rock of R&B band Cabbage Hill on drums & Kyle Hiltz of La Cicada on bass guitar.

Sultry & powerful spoken word from LEE MORR x BenOaks

Blending sexy, emotional spoken word with jazz keys & standup bass, “Summer’s Day” by Lee Morr & BenOaks is a powerful song that is 5 years in the making.

Lee Morr & BenOaks met when Benjamin first moved to Lancaster, PA from LA. They met regularly at a mutual friend’s house. Socializing & planning to collab “some day”. This summer Lancaster’s blossoming spoken word scene brought them together again. After a few weeks of meeting up at A Concrete Rose & Sir Dominique Jordan’s weekly spoken word open mic, they finally made plans to record at Benjamin’s new private studio – HighWise Multimedia.

Here is the debut collab!

See them perform THIS FRI @ Switchboard Studios & Gallery in Columbia, PA!

This is the first of MANY more to come. Word is, they may be making an EP or full-length album together this Winter for a Spring 2023 release!

Follow Lee Morr & BenOaks to stay tuned!

BenOaks new trap monster feat. 66notes + Circumstantial Saint

Have you ever felt abandoned by God? All alone with no one to turn to?

66notes take us on an emotional lyrical journey on our new bass-heavy trap banger “Don’t Ever Let Me Go” produced by BenOaks. Which also features a spoken word intro by Circumstantial Saint.

This single is remarkable since it is the first time Ben has started a beat. Finished mixing it. Sent to 66notes. And 66notes sent his mix back- all within 24 hours.

BenOaks and 66notes have been making music together for over 10 years but have yet to meet in person! Circumstantial Saint & BenOaks released their debut spoken word + R&B album this past fall.

BenOaks + Bones Culture hiphop compilation ‘SAMSARA’

Music collaboration collective Bones Culture releases their 3rd compilation album- the hiphop centric ‘SAMSARA’ produced by BenOaks.

Featuring game-changing vocal performances from Des Moines’ rapper/singer/producer 66notes, Southeast Pennsylvania rapper/singer/barber Android Eddie & Detroit’s (East Lansing) based rapper/producer iM$YD aka Veezup.

BenOaks and 66notes have now made a handful of albums together for the past 10 years though they have yet to meet in person! Android Eddie fka BoomTheorie of Diatribe fame was the first artist BenOaks ever produced in 1993 when he bought his first drum machine! Ed has since married Ben’s sister & is now officially family! Veezup & 66notes both “met” Ben via a Craiglist ad.

In 2006 & 2007 BenOaks had a teeshirt brand & a hiphop backing band (just him on bass & a drummer named Shorty) named Bones Culture. They backed up Philly based underground hiphop artists like The Knomadz, Android Eddie, Godhead the General, T.H.E. (& many others) @ cyphers like Lyrically Fit @ The Trocedero & Medusa Lounge.

By 2008 BenOaks has posted on Craigslist in every major US city looking to collaborate with indie rappers & singers. After searching through thousands of submissions, Ben began to travel from city to city producing dozens of independent artists.

After a few years BenOaks took the best of these & this became the 2nd Bones Culture compilation (that was never titled or ever released).

In 2010 BenOaks was back in his high school hometown of West Chester, PA. He collaborated with other musicians, instead of just vocalists, for the first time. Bringing in guitarists mudbelly & Nick the Black, songwriters John Ciccone, 4T & Kenzie, bass players YBF & willy & more. This became the semi-popular ‘The Full Effect’ & launch Bones Culture to an international level- receiving a lot of press & bringing attention to Ben’s production work. This led to BenOaks working with some major label signed artists.

After stints in NYC & LA producing new pop stars, BenOaks had grown tired of the music business. He even quit playing guitar, writing songs & making beats. He no longer even had a home studio. He moved to Lancaster, PA for remodel work. There he happened upon an open mic at a local coffee house. The Rabbit & Dragonfly. There he saw two young musicians – sing/songwriter Jefferson Ambrose & drummer Clayton Stief. They inspired him to start writing & going to open mics again. Lancaster, Pennsylvania is a very creative little city. The town has an active recovery community & an active art & music scene. Ben quit drinking on Christmas in 2017. He bought a new guitar “Jolene” shortly after & even restarted making beats.

When COVID hit in 2020 the first thing BenOaks did was buy an M-Audio recording interface & an Alesis USB controller & began collaborating with lyricists & musicians again. Bones Culture was reborn! It was a very successful year! After being a hermit & having poor mental health in 2021, BenOaks is back at it in 2022 & is looking at a very productive 2023. Hopefully planning a small tour & opening a new community studio focused on the underserved communities- especially the unhoused.

Please follow us on Facebook, Spotify, Youtube, Instagram, Tiktok etc to keep up with our projects & to help support indie artists 🙂 Thank you!

RESCHEDULED!!! BenOaks celebrates 5 years in Recovery @ an art show @ Switchboard Studios & Gallery in Columbia, PA

RESCHEDULED due to dangerous weather (bomb cyclone) in Pennsylvania!!! Opening reception for Switchboard’s RECOVERY Art Show has been postponed until FRI JAN 6th

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and often times the most dramatic and emotionally difficult time to get through, am I right? Especially for our friends in recovery.

This Friday 12/23 6pm-9 @ the new Switchboard Studios & Gallery in Columbia, PA (above Columbia Kettle Works – 40 N. 3rd St), BenOaks is celebrating 5 years alcohol-free & in Recovery!

This show is an open call just for our artist friends who have experienced hardships like addiction, physical rehabilitation, any kind of healing from traumatic life experiences… and are ready to display the creations that often times come from it. We want your pieces that show what the word RECOVERY means to you.

Will be accepting last minute submissions up until midnight on Tuesday, December 20th.
Send up to (3) specs and images to: switchboardstudiosandgallery@gmail.com

Local artist Kym Stine and local musician Benjamin Oaks are special guest speakers to talk about art, music, and healing.

BenOaks will be sharing his story & some new triphop songs with lyricist OLILEWYA; singer AROARA & spoken word artist LEE MORR.

Darren Jordan & Bird Ribecca will also be creating live art during BenOaks set.

Here is the Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1528351667639517

BenOaks & Brother Ray covering “Ain’t No Sunshine”

Darren Jordan paints while OLILEWYA performs
OLILEWYA rocks the mic rite!
OLILEWYA performing spoken word @ Switchboard Studios & Gallery in Columbia, PA

‘PALATiNE’ beastcoast boombap + trap + dub BEAT TAPE by BenOaks

Mixing throwback, soulful boombap with modern trap and EDM with reggae / dub & triphop / acid-jazz / downtempo (plus a bossa nova jawn), BenOaks releases a surprise EP PALATiNE for the Holidays 2022!

This time of year can be incredibly triggering for folks who had a difficult childhood. For those of you who were blessed with a loving family, cheers! please say a prayer for those of us who were traumatized by the holidays as kids.

Peace & many blessings to you & your family,

Ben

‘Hieronymus’ by BenOaks – 2023 lofi / boombap BEAT tape

BenOaks is almost done mixing his upcoming BEAT TAPE called ‘Hieronymus’. Named after his first favorite artist.

“My mom would sometimes have to drop us off at the library as kids. She was a single mother living in a new state. She didnt have many friends yet. So she would drop me and my little sister off at the library when i was like 10, 11. I devoured those books. I developed a life long live of learning.”

“The first book I can remember being obsessed with was this book about art. I am a huge fan of Escher, Rembrandt, Pollock, Duchamp, Basquiat, Warhol, Goya, Mondrain, all the moderns. But the first art work that I was really drawn to was The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. We have a piece of that in our restroom.”

‘Hieronymus’ is now available ONLY on Bandcamp until it hits all the streaming sites on 1/1/23

BenOaks also has two other albums due out Winter ’23: his feature-heavy “solo” reggae album called “LongSufferer” and the 3rd Bones Culture compilation featuring BenOaks’ collaboration work from 2020-now. And will feature some truly incredible performances from vocalists / lyricists (singers & rappers) / poets like longtime collaborators 66notes & Android Eddie; breaking new artists like Lancaster’s PINK i & Circumstantial Saint; Wilmington Delaware’s Kalamitye & legendary veteran pro skateboarder Gentle Jones; Lancaster Pennsylvania’s own “Artivist” Sir Dominique Jordan & poet / educator sean hogan; indie stage queen Rachael Green, Minneapolis’ mic slayers Daytym & L.Soul + more TBA!

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