Trumpet/keyboard player, synthesist, and sonic scientist Ben Hovey blends his artistry as an accomplished traditional musician with a deep knowledge of music technology, into a truly rare talent. Fusing electronica with soul, dub, jazz, hip-hop, and world music has taken him from Ultra Music Festival in Miami, to Earthdance in San Francisco, to Burning Man and beyond. Living in Asheville, NC has greatly nurtured his musical opportunities with its vibrant music scene and support of his original fusion. Ben is reinventing what is possible in live performance by synergizing the musician and DJ archetypes. As he plays trumpet with his right hand, he harmonizes on keys with his left, makes live loops with his feet, while seamlessly remixing and manipulating samples with these live performances. This adventurous approach to improvisation leads to an unmatched ever-changing organic electronic soundscape. Whether he is performing under his own moniker as a soothing backdrop for an art gallery or elegant dining experience, or rocking a dance floor as HoveyKraft, you can be sure Ben will be pushing past the boundaries of genre into infinite possibility. His intense passion for life and his craft is evident in his original performances and other diverse musical projects. Currently, these include the premier special event 6 piece Motown/classic soul band, The Business, an 11-piece avant-garde big band, Rational discourse, led by Steve Alford, and a highly sought after 6 piece swing dance band, Michael Gamble’s Rhythm Serenaders.
Ben has also performed and/or recorded with Spam Allstars, George Clinton, Steel Pulse, Digital Underground, Bassnectar, Morris Day and The Time, Adam Deitch, Zack Deputy, Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Victor Wooten, Robert Randolph, Roosevelt Collier, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Galactic, Stephen, Kymani, and Damian Marley, Karl Denson, Michael Winslow, The Pimps Of Joytime, The Legendary JC's, Yo Momma's Big Fat Booty Band, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Agent 23 Skidoo, GFE, Afromotive, Telepath, Pedro Alfonso, Bob Rosa, Suenalo, Kevens, Ill Subliminal, Lil Panda, and many more.