Hi I'm Bentley Jones! 👋 But you can call me Ben. 😘 I'm a recording artist and video producer from the UK, but I've been lucky enough to have travelled the world with my music.
With your help, I want to finish recording, release and promote my first original album in 4 years. This project began back in 2019 when I was living in Tokyo where I was planning to release it to both Japanese and Western audiences (which is why you'll notice lots of references to Japan in the songs and videos 🤓).
I was set to join a company who would help with this project, as well as sponsor my visa so I could continue living in Japan. However, at the beginning of 2020 - after spending months negotiating the contract, agreeing all the terms and processing visa application forms - they changed their minds. 💔 They suddenly decided that I was "too controversial" to work with. They were "worried about what people might think".
I risked everything moving to Tokyo and made many sacrifices. 😔 So it took a long time for me to recover when I moved back to the UK. But when I was strong enough, I realised that this album is the best and most important album I've ever created!
So last summer I began releasing new music from this project. I gained support from BBC Introducing and made my live premiere performance at Global Pride which was broadcast to over 57 million people! I became the face of 9monsters (the #1 LGBTQ+ app in Asia) and produced their official theme song. I became an ambassador for Miami Beach Pride and have written the official song for Pride 2021. I even started my own livestream tour, as well as performing at many festivals around the world.
The pandemic has been particularly tough for artists. The touring industry has been destroyed. Governments haven't offered financial relief to our industry like they have with others. Streaming platforms are still campaigning for LOWER royalty rates for songwriters (leading to the UK government's investigation into streaming). Brexit currently means European touring is no longer possible due to visa fees being too expensive. Here in the UK they now want to charge us a license fee just to livestream to our fans! 💔
This is why you'll have noticed many of your favourite artists (myself included) are now more reliant than ever on fans just like you. 😘❤ I consider myself one of the lucky ones, since my st4lk3rz have gotten me through 2020... and I know you'll do the same again with this album. 🤘🎶
WITH YOUR HELP I want to keep this ball rolling. I want to give this incredibly special project the release and promotion it deserves. I want to continue producing music videos for you to enjoy. I want to perform more live shows for you.
Buy me a coffee and I'll take you on this exciting journey with me. 😘☕
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I got my first contract as a remix producer when I was 17, creating chart-topping remixes for amazing artists like Taylor Swift, Kygo, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Afrojack, Demi Lovato, Harry Styles and more. Lady Gaga liked my remixes so much she followed me on Twitter!
I've also composed for many video-game franchises such as TEKKEN, Gradius, Sonic the Hedgehog, The X-Files, Contra, Titan Wars, Superbeat and more.
I made my artist debut in Japan when I accidentally broke the Recochoku International Chart top 5 by selling over 30,000 copies in the first week without any promotional support. Since then I've gone on to work with the country's biggest artists including Juju, Ayumi Hamasaki, DJ KOO, May J., SHUN and more. I represented the UK on the TV show "Nodojiman THE WORLD!" which had over 12 million viewers. In 2019 my single "Lay Down on My Heart" was the first J-pop song ever to air on BBC Introducing in the UK and I headlined the Tokyo Bon Summer Festival.
Love you, Ben/Lee (^.~)Thanks for being there for me and getting to know me over the past few years. You know already how much you mean to me and your music. It's helped a lot. Now to return the favor even more! I'm always here for you! (^.^)
💖 Amazing performance, Bentley! Love you!!
Thank you for the livestream !
Thanks for the livestream ❤️