After living and working in the US for the last 4 years, Ben Provest is back in Australia, recording and releasing original music again under the name ‘Chop!’.
Ben had some success with his high school band ‘Benny and The Dukes’ (top 10 on triple j unearthed high receiving 5/5 review from Alex Dyson for their song “Balloon Head” and an interview with host Rosie Beaton, leading to live performances opportunities including opening up for The Bamboos) before moving to Melbourne to study at the Victorian College of the Arts (Contemporary Music, Jazz Guitar) on the creative development scholarship. Ben received a grant to form an 18-piece orchestra to perform at the opening night of MUDfest, Australia's largest University Arts Festival, performing his songs to a sold-out crowd.
After completing his degree at the end of 2015, he moved to Boston, USA to study at Berklee College of Music. Ben was awarded an academic achievement scholarship during his time at Berklee. In 2018 Ben accepted a job offer from Los Angeles based film composer Christopher Young (The Grudge, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Pet Semetary) to join his team of composers at his studio in Culver City. While assisting Chris in LA, he was also performing as a guitarist for local artists in the LA scene, and was scouted by Fender, the world’s leading guitar manufacturer to be online talent for their platform Fender Play. During this time, Ben was also recording, and releasing his original music with Munro The Band. Munro The Band performed to a sold out crowd at Hotel Café, one of LA’s music hot spots for up and coming artists in October 2019.
In late 2019, Ben produced, arranged and recorded guitar and keys for USA based artist Johnny Cattini. Since its release John has gained the attention of 30,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Ben worked with Graeme Gibson, sound engineer (Michael Nau, The Shins) at King Sized Sound Labs in East LA.
In August 2020, Ben released the self-produced track Hollywood Heartache, under his new project name Chop! which beat magazine labeled as ‘triumphant’ in an encouraging article, penning that “Chop! channel the classic rock greats as Hollywood Heartache reaches for the stars”.
Ben is looking forward to continuing to work on his original music for the remainder of 2020.