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Meet the man with fearless onstage aerobics and extraordinary musical arrangements, Ben Weinman, He combines intricate speed with depth of feeling on his guitar, garnering admiration from guitarists worldwide.
Ben Weinman really got into music in the 90s. Inspired by Soundgarden who has been a major influence in the way Weinman thinks and writes music, he was lead down the rabbithole of musical wonderment.
While thrashing away on his guitar, Weinman attended Fairleigh Dickenson University in Madison and got himself a degree in psychology. Afterwards he studied Corporate Communications at FDU gaining knowledge on the business world. He is known for his outspoken views on the music industry and has spoken at universities and conferences on the subject of music production and the music business.
In 1997 Weinman founded the mathcore band the Dillinger Escape Plan. The band emerged from the hardcore punk trio Arcane and became The Dillinger Escape Plan - A reference to John Dillinger, the famous 1930s bank robber who managed to escape jail multiple times. The only remaining original member is Ben Weinman who is involved in the production of all their releases as well as the management of the band. The band was renowned for their intense performances, which are increasingly wild and often violent. With elaborate performances as well as a creative and technical approach of their music the Dillinger Escape Plan has released five studio albums, been mentioned in mass media such as The Rolling Stones magazine and New York Times, had Billboard chart status and performances on television such as Late night with Conan O’Brien. In 2009 they started their own label ‘Party Smasher’ and released their records through this. Even though there have been some replacements en route the Dillinger Escape Plan is often named one of the most important bands to have immerged over the last decade.
Besides working with The Dillinger Escape Plan Weinman writes music for Giraffe Tounge Orchestra. Members of the supergroup are Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Jon Theodore (former The Mars Volta’s drummer) and Eric Avery (former Jane’s Addiction’s bassist).
Weinman has over the past decade evolved into one of the finest writers of epic, multilayered, catchy-as-all-get hard rock. He has been named one of the ‘100 greatest guitarists of all time’ by SPIN magazine, ’50 fastest guitar player of all time’ and ‘Top 25 cult guitarists’ by Guitar World.
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