Dublin, County Wicklow
Benny Smiles is an electronic music producer based in Dublin, Ireland. The first single "Somehow Yours Do (feat. Sorca Lou)" from his second EP is out now - watch the official music video at bit.ly/1bJws1f
Following an impressive year in 2012 with glowing press for his debut release in August, performances at Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza and Hard Working Class Heroes, Benny Smiles was tipped by Hotpress as HOT for 2013.
After countless festival appearances and support slots with Ghostpoet and London Grammar capping off an excellent 2013, Benny is now preparing his second EP "Manos Frias" for release in early 2014.
CHASSEUR: "Benny is by far the most charming, energetic, addictive, unique and pleasurable acts of the [Hard Working Class Heroes] festival so far. The audience are in the palm of his hand throughout, truly captivated by his inescapable talent, showing many of the bands how it is done. Industry execs must be salivating at the prospects he presents."
GOLDENPLEC: "[Somehow Yours Do] is a beauty of a track with hypnotising synths and a captivating video"
HOTPRESS: Tipped HOT for 2013. “‘Moonlight’ featuring Ham Sandwich’s Niamh Farrell is radio-friendly whimsy at its finest. Known to his postman as Ross Fortune, this shapeshifting musicmaker has covered a whole lot of musical ground…barely stepping a foot wrong”
NIALLER9: “Benny Smiles has given me one of my favourite tracks of the last month already with ‘Sunday Morning’”
GOLDENPLEC: “With [Sunshine / Moonlight] Benny Smiles shows that he is a diverse and talented artist. His willingness to use different instrumentation and sounds results in tracks that are varied and unique and aurally tantalizing. It is solid proof that he doesn’t have to rely on novelty to grab an audience’s attention.”
PUFFERFISH: “Playful, fun, fucking awesome… Benny Smiles is making funky electronic music that you can really enjoy. And we mean really enjoy. NCAD girl had us in stitches, and his less comedically oriented work is just as good.”
AOIFE MC RTÉ 2XM: “[‘Sunday Morning’ is] definitely, definitely my favourite of the whole podcast [Nialler9 Podcast 39]…it’s so much fun!”