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.
After graduating with a PhD in classical solo double bass playing in 2003 and working in a symphony orchestra, my life has taken many new turns.
I am now specialized in electric upright basses, live-looping, modern studio technique, Ableton Live and composing original music for double bass.
This has led me to become 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 London 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 any 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 and below freezing temperatures in Copenhagen Harbor Bath at Islands Brygge. Just to mention a few.
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.
Andy Benz – Disciples
This video was shot in Christiania and Copenhagen in the hot summer of 2018. I am dressed as my Alter ego Bassus as I gather disciples for my noble cause. “We need more double bass”.
It is the official music video for the title track of my 2nd solo album “Disciples”
Andy Benz – Wamps Dance
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.