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

Featuring the track MS Dub

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.

Music videos

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”

You can listen to and download this album from my Bandcamp page. It is also available on Spotify and iTunes and all your favorite streaming sites.

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.

You can listen to or download the entire album on my Bandcamp Page. It is also available on Spotify and iTunes and all your favorite streaming sites.