Andreas Bennetzen aka Andy Benz
-One man electric double bass orchestra
Welcome to the website of Andreas Bennetzen
I am a total double bass geek. A top classically trained musician and a performer, composer and music producer. I love to take chances and challenge the status quo, but I also like traditions and hard work.
I have a PhD in solo double bass playing, but rather than working in a symphony orchestra – which I used to – I am now specialized in electric upright basses, live-looping, modern studio technique, Ableton Live and composing original music for double bass.
I am an official Yamaha Silent Bass and a D´Addario Strings official artist
This video is set to my original composition “MS DUB” released under the name, Andy Benz. It is a portrait of Steven McRae, principal dancer at the Royal Ballet.
Body and bass
Movement, yoga and dancing are my other major interests, and I have been so fortunate to be a part of many stage shows and dance performances. Both as a composer, musician, sound designer and performing artist.
I feel at home on a every kind of stage. I love challenging myself to bring the double bass to new exciting locations and audiences. I have performed 26 meters above ground on a monster crane in Nakskov. In an abandoned coppper mine in Outokoumpo, Finland. On the harbour in San Francisco with a view to Alcatraz. On a floating Submarine in Copenhagen Harbour.
Below are music videos for 2 of my original compositions for electric upright bass. I composed the music for Wamps Dance using a technique called live-looping. Disciples was made by sampling the bass and constructing drum-machines and synthesizers from the samples. After that the solo was added.
This video was shot in Christiania and Copenhagen in the hot summer of 2018. I am dressed as my Alterego Bassus as I gather disciples for my cause. “We need more bass”.
It is the official music video for the title track of my 2nd solo album “Discples”
This video was made back in 2009 on the Illutron artship. It is the official music video for the track Wamps Dance from the album Flowing In Circles.