Ben Makinen - member BMI - is a performer, composer, and producer living in Denver, Colorado. He is president of Bmakin Music, a label he created to carry music from all points of the globe, regardless of genre.
Seeing Miles Davis perform live three times and then meeting the Dalai Lama in person forever changed the way Ben would approach the art of music.
He is a 2006 Independent Music Awards Finalist: Film/TV-Multimedia.
Ben is the producer of jazz album Fishleather Jacket which received the Roger Bobo Excellence In Recording Award in June of 2006.
As a drummer and percussionist, he has been touring the world as a sideman since 1985 with R&B, funk, and rock bands, jazz trios and big bands, avant-garde electronica ensembles, in Broadway shows, on international cruise ships, and with opera troupes and symphonic orchestras.