Ben Provest - Guitarist, Songwriter & Producer
Education - B. Music VCA Faculty of Melb Uni 2015
Diploma in Contemporary Writing & Production Berklee College of Music 2018
During high school Ben had success with his 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) 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.
Ben moved to Boston in 2015 to study at Berklee College of Music. He was awarded an academic achievement scholarship and upon graduating in 2018 was offered a position on Los Angeles based composer Christopher Young 's (The Grudge, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Pet Semetary) team of composers. After working for Christopher Young for a year, Ben 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 performing with his band 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 on this project.
In August 2020, Ben released the self-produced track Hollywood Heartache with Ross Hodgkinson under the 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”.
Award winning author and motivational speaker Cathryne DeVrye commissioned Ben to compose a song with her poem Timbuktu to Kathmandu during the lockdown in 2020.
In 2021 Ben relocated to Melbourne and joined Stand & Deliver, Australia's #1 80's Tribute show run by former countdown performer Johnny Justin, and BABBA, Australia's #1 ABBA Tribute Show.