Benny Pitcher talks to us about his new Rebirth EP

Benny Pitcher July 2023

Benny: Good afternoon, and thanks for giving me such a great opportunity to tell Paper, your audience and the readers of Zone Magazine about me as an artist, my work, and the music production processes I employ in the recording studio.

Paper: Hi Benny, many thanks for chatting with us at Paper and dropping such an ace release with your Rebirth release. Lots of energy in both tracks which sound very
familiar in their style yet also really unique. Were there any specific influences you had in mind when making the tracks?

Benny: Yep, with you, I have already released three tracks, “Transatlantic Motion”; inside Wild Army Vol.6 and the EP “Rebirth”, including “Lips Like Roses”; and “So Good”. As you may have noticed, all these musical compositions are filled with soulful sound and vibe with an admixture of electronics. I love combining them together. These tracks were created in the spring, so the expectation of summer was one of the factors.

Paper: Is there a process you have when producing, or does it change from track to track?

Benny: At first, I often start going through jazz seventh chords (due to my musical presentation), which, in my opinion, give an intellectual sound, the general atmosphere of the track. When I cook a musical dish, speaking in the language of cooking, I often start with a chord sequence, going over it on the synthesizer according to the mood. And then I hang bass, drum lines, and additional nuances (trumpet, horn, brass, funk guitar). But there are cases when a vocal sample is taken as a starting point when writing a track. That’s exactly what happened in “Rebirth”.

Paper: Do you follow a specific workflow in the studio, and what is your set-up? Any specific go-to plug-ins or instruments?

Benny: My home studio is located in a country house with a view of the garden, and there, looking out the window, I work with sound images, all processing of which takes place in FL Studio. There are favourite VSTi, including Nexus, Sylenth, Omnisphere, Monopoly, Alchemy and others; VST: Valhalla, Hdelay, OTT, Izotope Ozone, all of Waves and more. And also I often practice playing the piano.

Paper: Away from the hectic world of dance music, what other artists or genres do you like to listen to?

Benny: I grew up listening to music of different genres and absorbed all these trends. Broken rhythms from Chemical Brothers, fabulous atmosphere and journey to another dimension together Underworld, magnificent harmonies and lyrics from George Michael, Jamiroquai and Simply Red, a clear groove from House music, as well as sampling from Daft Punk pioneers, all this allowed me to realize and mix all my feelings and emotions into my eclectic style. There are interesting solutions and techniques in every musical genre. I have quite a large collection of music in various genres, from where I have drawn and am drawing inspiration. I’ve been listening to Darius, Disclosure, Black Coffee, SG Lewis, Lovebirds and many others.

Paper: Lastly, do you have a favourite studio snack you will always tuck into when working on music?

Benny: (Laughs). Of course, milk and oatmeal cookies.

Check out the Rebirth EP by Benny Pitcher out now on Paper: HERE.

Interview by Chris Massey

Out The Box: Elliot Lion

Elliott Lion, musician, producer, DJ and chief electronics whizz for the hugely successful band Editors. His solo venture sees him embracing his love of classic house, techno and spaced-out cosmic disco. He has released on esteemed labels such as Future Boogie, Warm, Cin Cin and Sprechen, where his releases have garnered support from the likes of BBC Radio One, 6 Music, Pete Tong, Nemone, DJ Harvey, Ame, and Haai. He resides in Manchester, where he can be heard regularly playing at one of our fave spots, Ramona, digging in the crates of the city’s record shops. **Our boy Massey can confirm he also has an amazing record collection after being with him on a King Bee visit.

Visit Elliot’s SoundCloud

Elliot’s Instagram

Elliot Lion © 2023

PLACE: Paris
I got to know it properly while making a record with Joakim in 2012, and it never left me. So many nooks and crannies to it. Every time I go, I discover something new; it’s effortlessly cool and timeless. A brilliant city to walk/ride around. Always make a stop at Palais de Tokyo, Bambino for a drink & tunes, Betinos for records, Rex for a dance, Poget & De Witter for oysters, Deyrolle for taxidermy, Horiz in China Town and D Noodle Rebuplique (Best beef noodle soup)

Palais de Tokyo, Paris © Florent Michel


New Wave Ramen – Manchester
Ramen is my go-to comfort food when I’m on the road. Hooked from the first time I tried it in Japan many moons ago! I’ve eaten ramen all over Europe, and the quality has been getting better every year, but personally, I think Phil at NW is slinging out some of the best bowls this side of the globe and putting his own stamp on it too. They’ve also got a very exciting new venture coming soon to the city centre, so keep your eyes peeled.

New Wave Ramen, Manchester

The Rocket Store, Boscastle
I stumbled into this small bolt-hole while visiting the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic; it was the best meal I’ve had in forever. Fresh seasonal produce from the morning catch to the plate right on the sea. If you’re ever in Cornwall, make sure you seek this out! 10/10

The Rocket Store, Bocastle

FILM: The Beatles Get Back
I’ve been watching The Beatles Get Back for the second time. It’s such a brilliant piece of documented time! I find every aspect of the film incredibly fascinating, from the band dynamic, the fashion, the equipment, the language and the amount of toast! The insight into those four personalities that feel so familiar, but you had no idea what they were actually like. If you’ve ever been in a band, it’s almost PTSD-inducing, the mundaneness of it all, the creative push and pull, the ego management and the constant annoyingness of people noodling on instruments doing the same songs again and again.

The Beatles – Get Back

BOOK: Thee Psychick Bible by Genesis Breyer P-Orrige
A really interesting insight into the thought process behind the TOPY, and although scatty in parts and long-winded, there are some really interesting conversations on post-modernism, gender, humanity and helpful application of practices you can apply to your life.

Thee Psychick Bible Genesis Breyer P-Orrige & Jason Louv

Wild Water Preview

What a fantastic time was had as our first film Wild Water was previewed as part of Hebden Bridge Arts. We were blown away by the reaction and made us very excited about releasing it in the Autumn. Topped off, how else but a windy Sunday morning swim at Gaddings Dam to blow away the celebratory hangovers with director Ben Davis, producer Pete Jenkinson and editor Jo Dale.
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Flash Atkins threw a weekend long shindig at the wonderful Barbary’s in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. House party positive vibrations a came from Huw Costin (Torn Sail) live, Chris Maude, Craft Ale and Record Society, Léna C, Miles Hollway and Paper’s Flash and Massey went toe to toe with Manchester’s Supernature. Sunday wound the party slowly down with CP (Inkfolk) and The Duende Collective.

Roll on next year!


Daco – Rhea EP

Paper favourite, Captain Daco has been busy in his Spanish tax haven twiddling knobs and busting beats and what twiddles and beats they are!

The Uprise is another take on the arp of I Feel Love but it’s never been done so well. The familiar bass provides the backbone before it comes in at a gallop of swirling synths, rock solid kick and a call for nothing less than revolution. It’s been crushing Paper dancefloors and always achieves total mayhem.

The Galáctica Mix has all the same ingredients but takes a deeper disco route with drops and an arrangement that keeps the floor chomping at the bit.

Faith takes a different direction and it’s super deep house that is trippy and soulful in equal measures. Mikey Raphael provides the vocal and it’s hairs on the back of your neck time.

Sean Johnston (ALFOS) – “Most satisfactory!”

Fingerman – “Devastating”

Anthony Mansfield – “There yah go! Proper head twisting disco glory!”

Pablo Contraband – “Love this will play Galactica mix”

Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – “Yes great very Moroder”

Tronik Youth – “Nice re-interpretation”

James Rod – “Cream”

Pammin – “Very cool EP! Thanks”

Pathaan – “Superb ! Love the Donner Summer vibes…”

Aldrin Zouk – “The Uprise should be handy for my Disco/House sets.

Nutritious – “This is some damn fine disco.”

Benoit C – “Cooooooool EP”

Jerry Bouthier – “The I Feel Love re-rub works in both versions thx supportin”

Robot 84 – “Lovin the disco vibes, cool tune!!!”