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Blue

So sad to see the news yesterday in Sydney. We are all the same, and we all want the same thing, regardless of what the media says. #illridewithyou

Guess where I am right now…

Sydney?

Paris?

Los Angeles?

In Space?

Benbrick in Music Week

I had a little piece in Music Week today. You can get the magazine from all those good newsagents. Here it is!

(P.s. I’ve just arrived in Sydney after a 31 hour journey. It’s pouring with rain and I’m ready to sleep!)

Music Week

Here are the songs/writers mentioned!

Ricky Gervais just called my music ‘Stunningly beautiful’

Okay, Ricky just retweeted this link so for those that are new: Hello I’m Paul Carter! I write music under the name Benbrick, and this is my website

Ricky Gervais creates some of the most thought provoking (watch: extras X-mas special), funny (watch: The Ricky Gervais show), original (watch: The Office), and heart wrenching (watch: Derek) art out there today. When I saw Derek for the first time I fell in love with how the show sums up the human condition. Ricky Gervais creates work that is un compromised and original. Working within music (where most people are chasing ‘hits’) I often find my inspiration in other areas; like Television.

Gervais Benbrick

I wanted to write something to go with the visuals of Derek. I started writing while watching the show, and ended up with a rough sketch. I paid someone to edit certain scenes to what I’d started. We went back and forth and I perfected the music to the arc of the scenes. It was an intensive process – we were cutting into scenes, fading out dialog, adding little delays, all so that it worked perfectly.

I believed that if you create good art from the right place that you can get it to the right people. I’m not sure if I honestly believed Ricky would hear it, but I knew I’d give it a good try….And so began a search for the contact details of the producers, and directors, and other related people who I might be able to reach out to.

Through tracking the IMDB I found one of the producers Charlie, we spoke briefly via e-mail. Eventually I was in touch with United Agents.. I even called one of the previous producers on their phone, Judith, using an old number I found on a random website…. but nothing came of it right then…

Fast forward to yesterday: RICKY GERVAIS JUST POSTED IT ON HIS FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND DEREK FAN PAGE & I’M FREAKING OUT.

Paul Carter Gervais

I guess the moral of the story is: create good shit and when you’ve done that, believe in it, and yourself.

Sur(real)

This is the room Dr Dre made Chronic 2001 in…

Luke Pickett – The Star In My Movie

The new BENBRICK produced Luke Pickett jam is here. Check it out

http://www.smarturl.it/tsimm

Songs with Jeff Franzel

Jeff Franzel is a great friend and a great writer. We co – wrote the song ‘Remember to smile’ together which was on a number 1 album in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

This is us writing in a private cinema on a grand piano.

Writing songs in Malibu, CA

The other day I arrived in Malibu. It was quite late and the sun had already gone down. It was a full moon but it was covered by clouds. All I could hear from the balcony of the house was the waves. When I woke up in the morning I couldn’t believe the amazing view… check it out.

#throwbacktuesday – in the studio with Troye Sivan

#throwbacktuesday – in the studio with Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan in TIME magazine

Time magazine has the largest circulation for a weekly news magazine with a readership of 25 million and has been around since 1923. Check out them discussing TRXYE. Please check out the track Troye and I wrote together ‘Gasoline’ on the EP on iTunes now!

Ts in TIME magazine

Elva Hsiao album number 1 in Taiwan

I wrote a song called “Remember to Smile” with my good friend Jeff Franzel on the new 蕭亞軒 Elva record “Shut Up And Kiss Me”. The album went to number 1 in Taiwan and top 5 in Malaysia and Hong Kong. Ours is the last track on the record and is available on iTunes now here.

Elva Hsiao

BILLBOARD 200

Crazy to see TRXYE make it onto the Billboard 200 this week..! It debuted at number 5. So grateful to have been involved. You can download the track we wrote together “Gasoline” here.

troye sivan BILLBOARD

Troye talking about “Gasoline”

Check it out – here’s Troye talking about his favourite tracks from the record.

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