Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Ok New York City, it's time once again for all of you to come on out, get on up, get on down and GROOVE to some good FUNK, SOUL and HIP HOP music!! This SATURDAY MAY 21st, BIG BEN HILLMAN the PROFESSOR of FUNK and THE ROYAL FAMILY will be playing at KENNY'S CASTAWAYS on Bleeker St in NYC, along with special guests progressive hip hop group I&I.

I met I&I at a gig we did together down at PUCK LIVE in Doyelstown, PA. It was a great show, and I was so impressed with not only lead MC IMANI WILLIAMS rhymes and vocals, but also the way the instrumentalists DAN FAGA and RYAN CHUD used loop samples and good old fashioned organic jamming to create these massive grooves - you would think there were a ten piece orchestra on stage instead of just a trio!

You should know by now what to expect from THE FAMILY - nothing but good funky grooves that you can MOVE to!! But in case you didn't know, here is a little video I put together to give you just a taste of what to expect:

"It Must Have Been the Music"
is a classic ROYAL FAM cut from back in the day, featuring my good friend NEPHROK! on lead vocals. It's still one of our most popular numbers during loves sets; no one can resist getting up and SHAKING something once this beat kicks in!! I had fun making this little video too, messing around with graphics and animation is something I want to do more of.

Okay kids - we'll see you at the show!! Be good to yourselves and each other, and continue to support THE FUNK!!!

Big Ben

Monday, May 9, 2011

"PASS THE JUICE" included on BEST OF THUMP AND GROWL compilation.

I am very pleased and excited to say that my song "PASS THE JUICE" featuring D-TENSION, LOKI, JISE ONE and DALE CHASE has been receiving semi-regular airplay on the show "THUMP AND GROWL" hosted by Kimberly Massengill on 99.5 FM WBAI in New York. Not only that, but if you tune in tomorrow TUESDAY MAY 10th between TEN AM and NOON you have an opportunity to score a copy of "The Best of Thump and Growl, Vol 2" a special compilation being offered as a part of the station's fund-raising efforts, and which includes (wait for it... ) "PASS THE JUICE." Yes!!! 


It is my understanding that this compilation will only be offered for this one day. So don't miss out!! Tune in to the show, pledge a whole bunch of money and get a copy for yourself!

A quick update on the album: more studio time coming up this month - some additional tracking and mixing. It's all coming together. Summer of 2011 is going to be the summer when it all goes down, so stay tuned for more details!!

In the meantime, check out this clean radio edit of PASS THE JUICE on YOUTUBE....

Big Ben

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


So even though I live relatively close to Philadelphia, I don't get to play in Philly all that often - which is sad. So I am attempting to DO something about this! Hence tomorrow night WEDNESDAY MAY 4th I will once again be returning to TRTIONE on Philadelphia's famous SOUTH STREET for an evening of good LIVE FUNK and SOUL music!

There is an event happening earlier in the evening called "Philly for Change" which gets over at 9pm, at which point we will take to the stage and start throwing down the jams! Joining me this evening will be a talented vocalist, my good friend HAZEL MARTINO, performing some of the new songs she has written and recorded. It's going to be off the hook!! 

If we get a good turnout then there is a possibility of turning FUNK NIGHT @ TRITONE into a monthly event. So, if you are in the Philadelphia area and you love good live funk music - PLEASE come out and show your support. Don't let the music die!!

We'll see you on the dancefloor, y'all - get down!

Big Ben