Ben Westbeech

Ben Westbeech is a British DJ and record producer originating from Hertfordshire who spent his formative musical years in Bristol.[1][2] Trained as cellist and vocalist, his influences include house, soul, jazz and hip hop.[3]

Ben Westbeech
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Background information
Also known asBreach, Lean
BornHertfordshire, England
GenresElectronica, house, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Producer, DJ, artist
InstrumentsCello, piano
Years active2006–present
LabelsTrademark of Energy Production Srl, Brownswood Recordings, Naked Naked, Dirtybird
Associated actsAndreya Triana
Websitebenwestbeech.com

Music careerEdit

Early career: 2007–08Edit

Westbeech gave a CD containing his first single "So Good Today" to a friend in London. Two months later she played it to Gilles Peterson who snapped it up.[citation needed] This led to him being signed to Gilles Peterson's new label, Brownswood Recordings. His debut album Welcome to the Best Years of Your Life was released in March 2007.[4] He later appeared on Later... with Jools Holland alongside Paul McCartney and Björk. He also appeared on the track "Squeeze Me" on Kraak & Smaak's album Plastic People, released in April 2008.[5]

There's More To Life Than This: 2009–11Edit

More recently, he appeared on the track "I Can See", which was the main single for Jazzanova's album titled Of All The Things, released in January 2009 on Verve/Universal. Ben also sang on the song "Shame" for DJ Marky and Artificial Intelligence. Westbeech is working with Professor Green (producing for his new record), Kutz (Soul Jazz), Redlight (Lobster Boy) and Rusko (Mad Decent). He released his second album, There's More To Life Than This on Strictly Rhythm in September 2011.[6] The record features collaborators including Soul Clap, Henrik Schwarz, MJ Cole, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Georg Levin.[citation needed] Westbeech described it as "house inspired, rather than straight up house music".[7] Westbeech also produces and DJs under the moniker Breach.[8] Under the "Breach" moniker, he produced the track "Fatherless" released on PTN in 2010.[9] Breach has released music on Claude VonStroke's Dirtybird label and Pet's (Catz n Dogz' label). Westbeech also wrote the vocal for Redlight's Breakthrough hit "Get Out My Head" featuring Nicole Jackson. He also owns the record label "Naked Naked" which releases tracks from Breach, Midland, Dusky and Dark Sky.[10]

2013–present: BreakthroughEdit

In June 2013, Westbeech's remix of Maya Jane Coles' "Everything" featuring Karin Park was released through I/AM/ME.[11]

In July 2013, under the name "Breach" he released his first successful single on the UK Singles Chart, "Jack", peaking at 9. The follow up single, "Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)" featuring Andreya Triana, also peaked at 9.

Breach teamed up with American singer-songwriter Kelis on the track "The Key", which was released on 14 December 2014, the week of the UK Christmas singles chart race; the single however failed to chart.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Westbeech was briefly engaged to actress Rachel Hurd-Wood.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Album details Notes
Welcome to the Best Years of Your Life
  • Released: 2007
  • Format: Digital download, CD
No.TitleLength
1."Welcome"3:39
2."So Good Today"2:59
3."Get Silly"3:51
4."Bright Future"3:52
5."Nothing Else"2:44
6."Gotta Keep On"2:56
7."Taken Away From"2:49
8."Grey Skies"1:49
9."Stop What You're Doing"2:49
10."Dance With Me"4:02
11."Get Closer"4:55
12."Hang Around"3:38
13."Pusherman"3:16
14."In/Out"2:44
15."Beauty"4:35
There's More To Life Than This
  • Released: 2011
  • Format: Digital download, CD
No.TitleLength
1."The Book" (produced by Georg Levin) 
2."Something for the Weekend" (produced by Danny J Lewis) 
3."Falling" (produced by Lovebirds) 
4."Same Thing" (produced by Chocolate Puma) 
5."Justice" (produced by Motor City Drum Ensemble) 
6."Stronger" (produced by Midland) 
7."Inflections" (produced by Henrik Schwarz) 
8."Sugar" (produced by Redlight) 
9."Let Your Feelings Show" (produced by Georg Levin) 
10."Butterflies" (produced by Rasmus Faber) 
11."Summer's Loss" (produced by Rasmus Faber) 

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[13]
UK Dance
[14]
IRE
[15]
SCO
[16]
2012 "You Won't Find Love Again" Non-album singles
"101 / Somewhere"
2013 "The Click / Fallout"
"Jack" 9 4 74 12
"Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)"
(featuring Andreya Triana)
9 2 84 13
2014 "The Key"
(featuring Kelis)

Other songsEdit

  • "Get Closer" (12")
  • "So Good Today" (12")
  • "So Good Today (Domu Remixes)" (12", Promo)
  • "So Good Today (Osunlade Remixes)" (12")
  • "So Good Today" / "Beauty" (12")
  • "Dance With Me (MJ Cole / Switch Remixes)" (12")
  • "Hang Around (Remixes)" (12")
  • "Hang Around" / "Pusherman" (7", Promo)
  • "Something for the Weekend"
  • "Falling" (Strictly Rhythm)
  • "Let's Get Hot" (2013)
  • "You Won't Find Love Again" (2013)

SamplesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ben Westbeech". Steinberg.net/. Archived from the original on 17 August 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  2. ^ "BenWestbeech/BREACH (benwestbeech) on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Ben Westbeech – Welcome to the Best Years of Your Life (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 26 March 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Kraak & Smaak – Plastic People (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Ben Westbeech – There\'s More To Life Than This". Strictly.com. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  7. ^ "RA News: Ben Westbeech says There's More to Life Than This". Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  8. ^ "FACT mix 346: Breach – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music". Factmag.com. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Breach (2) – Fatherless at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  10. ^ Swift, Patrick (24 June 2012). "Ben Westbeech Starts New Label". Mixmag. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Breach Remix of Maya Jane Coles". Indie Shuffle. 8 April 2014.
  12. ^ "The Key (feat. Kelis) - Single by Breach". Music.apple.com. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Breach > UK Charts". officialcharts.com/ Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ Peak positions for the Dance singles in the UK:
  15. ^ Peak positions in Ireland:
  16. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  17. ^ a b "British single certifications – Breach". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 1 August 2017. Select singles in the Format field. Type Breach in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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