Paul Carter (songwriter)

Paul Carter, also known as Benbrick, is a multi-platinum selling British songwriter, producer[3] and composer. He wrote Sakura Nagashi with Hikaru Utada from her 2016 Japan Record Award winning album Fantôme which has sold over one million copies.[4] In 2018 Benbrick started producing and composing on Have You Heard George's Podcast?[5] with George The Poet. The podcast won 5 Gold British Podcast Awards in 2019 including the coveted Podcast of the Year award.[6]

Paul Carter
Benbrick In Studio.png
Background information
Also known asBenbrick[1]
Born (1988-12-12) 12 December 1988 (age 31)[2]
OriginLondon, United Kingdom
Occupation(s)Producer, songwriter
Years active2011–present
Associated actsGeorge The Poet, Troye Sivan, Utada Hikaru, Ricky Gervais, Peter Gregson
Websitebenbrick.co.uk

SongwritingEdit

Benbrick wrote Sakura Nagashi (桜流し) with Japanese popstar Hikaru Utada.[7] It charted at No. 1 on iTunes[8] and has sold 600k singles worldwide.[9] Sakura Nagashi was the end-credits music to the Japanese movie Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo[10] which was the biggest film opening of 2012[11] and the 12th biggest opening of all time in Japan.[12] The single was also included on the 2016 album Fantôme. Upon its release Fantôme debuted at number one in Japan, and 18 other countries. It reached No. 3 in the United States[13] and No. 1 on the US Billboard World Albums.[14] Fantôme won Best Album at the 58th Japan Record Awards[15] and has sold 1m physical + digital units in Japan.[16]

Benbrick wrote Gasoline with Troye Sivan which was included on his record TRXYE. The album charted on iTunes at No. 1 in 66 countries including the USA,[17] United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. TRXYE debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200[18] and by July 2015 the EP had combined downloads of 371,000 in the United States,[19] had sold 80,000 copies of the album, and had been streamed 39 million times.[20]

Benbrick wrote Stand As One from Mary Jess debut album Shine which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.[21] Stand As One was used for a global P&G TV advertising campaign.[22] Benbrick also wrote 記得要微笑 on the 2014 Elva Hsiao record "Shut Up And Kiss Me"[23] which reached No. 1 on the iTunes charts in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

PodcastingEdit

In 2018 Benbrick started working with spoken word artist George The Poet composing and producing on his podcast “Have You Heard George’s Podcast?”.[24] Everyman Cinema called the live show “a mind-bending experiment with musical storytelling” leading to 4 sell-out shows at Everyman Cinemas across the UK.[25] In 2019 BBC Radio 4 called Episode 3 “a story that could change the world”[26] and the podcast was nominated for 6 British Podcast Awards[27] including Best New Podcast, Best Fiction, Smartest Podcast, Best Current Affairs, Best Arts & Culture, and Moment of the Year.

Interaction with Ricky GervaisEdit

In 2014 Benbrick composed "The Only Shortcut" set to scenes from Ricky Gervais TV show Derek.[28] Ricky Gervais discovered the music calling it 'stunningly beautiful'[29] later adding 'I just want you to love it as much as I do'.[30] In 2015 Benbrick composed "Perfect Ending" and set it to scenes from series 2 of the same show. This time Ricky Gervais called Benbrick "a future genius".[31] The pair met in 2016 after Benbrick created the music for the Derek Christmas Special Trailer which Gervais posted on his official YouTube channel,[32] and later that year Benbrick created the visual and music for a TigerTime advertisement - one of Ricky's charity ambassadorial projects.[33]

Podcast DiscographyEdit

Have You Heard George's Podcast Chapter TwoEdit

Have You Heard George's Podcast Chapter OneEdit

FilmographyEdit

DiscographyEdit

Solo Discography (as Benbrick)Edit

  • 2018: "陰り!" (EP) - Benbrick
  • 2016: "Closer | Closure" (EP) – Benbrick
  • 2016: "La Perfezione Brevemente" – Benbrick
  • 2015: "Perfect Ending" – Benbrick
  • 2015: "The Only Shortcut" – Benbrick
  • 2015: "Magic" – Benbrick ft Spencer Ludwig
  • 2014: "And So She Runs" – Benbrick
  • 2014: "Forever Holding On" – Benbrick

Songwriting DiscographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Trash Bags. [1], Trash Bags, December 2012
  2. ^ Benbrick on BBC. [2], BBC, 2015
  3. ^ Benbrick on PRS.[3], PRS M magazine
  4. ^ Fantome Breaks 1 Million. [4], Crunchy Roll, Jan 2019.
  5. ^ Have You Heard George's Podcast. [5], Acast, April 2019.
  6. ^ Why George The Poet swept the board. [6], The Guardian, May 2019.
  7. ^ Sakura Nagashi.JP Official Website. [7], EMI music JP.
  8. ^ Sakura Nagashi on iTunes. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), Music Chart Info, December 2012.
  9. ^ UBlog on Twitter. [8], Twitter, December 2016.
  10. ^ a b Paul Carter on IMDB. [9], Internet Movie Database, Dec 2012
  11. ^ Anime Draws Biggest Opening. [10], The Hollywood Reporter, Dec 2012.
  12. ^ Japan All Time Opening Weekends. [11], Box Office Mojo, Dec 2012.
  13. ^ "Utada is shook Fantôme is charting better in the US than her English albums ever did". Arama! Japan. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Billboard World Albums (October 22, 2016)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  15. ^ 58th Japan Record Awards. [12], Arama, Dec 2016.
  16. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2016年9月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (September 2016)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. September 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  17. ^ Troye Sivan 'TRXYE' on iTunes (Chart). [13], iTunes Charts.net July 2014
  18. ^ "Billboard 200: Did 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack Stay at No. 1?".
  19. ^ Caulfield, Keith (26 July 2015). "YouTube Star Troye Sivan Announces New Album 'Wild'". Billboard. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  20. ^ Caulfield, Keith (18 September 2015). "Troye Sivan Talks 'Wild' Chart Success, Upcoming Music Plans: 'It's a Little Insane, To Be Honest'". Billboard. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  21. ^ All Music.[14], All Music 2011.
  22. ^ As Seen on TV UK website. [15], AsSeenOnTheTv.co.uk.
  23. ^ Track listing for new Elva Hsiao record. [16], Elva new album, Aug 2014.
  24. ^ HYHGP on Acast[17], Acast, April 2019.
  25. ^ George The Poet Live. [18], Heard First Bristol, April 2018.
  26. ^ Can Stories Change The World [19], Beyond Today BBC R4, Nov 2018.
  27. ^ British Podcast Awards Nominations 2019. [20], BPA, April 2019.
  28. ^ Paul Carter Vimeo. [21], Vimeo.com, Nov 2014.
  29. ^ Facebook. [22], FB.com, December 2014.
  30. ^ Facebook. [23], FB.com, December 2014.
  31. ^ Twitter. [24], Twitter, 2015.
  32. ^ YouTube. [25], Ricky Gervais on YouTube, October 2016.
  33. ^ Save Wild Tigers. [26], TigerTime, 2016.
  34. ^ E9. [27], aCast, December 2020.
  35. ^ E10. [28], aCast, December 2020.
  36. ^ E11. [29], aCast, December 2020.
  37. ^ E12. [30], aCast, December 2020.
  38. ^ E13. [31], aCast, December 2020.
  39. ^ E14. [32], aCast, December 2020.
  40. ^ E15. [33], aCast, December 2020.
  41. ^ E16. [34], aCast, December 2020.
  42. ^ E17. [35], aCast, December 2020.
  43. ^ E18. [36], BBC Sounds, December 2020.
  44. ^ Listen Closer. [37], aCast, April 2019.
  45. ^ Popcorn. [38], aCast, April 2019.
  46. ^ A Grenfell Story. [39], aCast, April 2019.
  47. ^ Grenfell II. [40], SoundCloud, April 2019.
  48. ^ It's On Us. [41], aCast, April 2019.
  49. ^ Press Play. [42], aCast, April 2019.
  50. ^ The Journey Pt I. [43], aCast, April 2019.
  51. ^ The Journey Pt II. [44], aCast, April 2019.
  52. ^ Sanyu's World. [45], aCast, April 2019.
  53. ^ Gangland. [46], BBC, December 2019.
  54. ^ My Neighbourhood. [47], YouTube, December 2019.
  55. ^ We Can Fight. [48], Vimeo, December 2019.
  56. ^ McClaren Launch. [49], YouTube, Jan 2017.
  57. ^ IMDB. [50], Internet Movie Database, December 2016.
  58. ^ Facebook. [51], Facebook, December 2016.
  59. ^ PopCrush. [52], PopCrush, December 2016.
  60. ^ IMDB. [53], Internet Movie Database, December 2016.
  61. ^ IMDB. [54], Internet Movie Database, December 2016.
  62. ^ AsSeenOnTv. [55], AsSeenOnTv, December 2016.