Ben Makinen, voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) and founder of Bmakin Music ltd and Bmakin Film ltd, is a music producer, recording artist, composer, film maker & photographer who channels influences from Michael Jackson, Mozart, Ansel Adams, Sergio Leone & Duke Ellington to Erik Satie, Charlie Mingus, & Pink Floyd into the stylish recordings and photographs found on his record label Bmakin Music.
2013 - LESLIE BROWN is nominated for the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards Cabaret Song Of The Year!
Leslie's song He Must Be In Love, which I produced last year, needs your help to win! Please cast your vote for He Must Be In Love at the Independent Music Awards website!
Seeing Miles Davis perform live three times and then meeting the Dalai Lama in person forever changed the way Ben would approach the art of music. Ben Makinen enjoys his day job as music producer and session drummer. Find incredible recordings for sale at the Bmakin Music Store: Ben played child and teen roles in college stage productions at Central Washington University until he was 13 years old. He was an extra in Francis Ford Copala's movie The Outsiders, based on the novel by S.E. Hinton, filmed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After a few more appearances as an extra in made-for TV movies, Ben gleefully abandoned acting by age 16, a year after his first professional drumming gig. A life devoted to touring internationally as a drummer followed.
Working as a producer and arranger now comes naturally to Ben. His return to movies has got him thinking seriously about acting once again... Referring to a recent role in horror flick Lucky Stiff Makinen laughs, "It's great fun having an opportunity to strangle a zombie - and doing twenty takes!"