Benny Blanco® is a New York City based Technology Manager currently working at MLB Advanced Media overseeing the development the MLB.TV App across all sorts of internet connected devices (TV, BluRay, AppleTV, Roku, etc). Previously, an Associate Director of Technology at Digitas/Publicis by day managing Pharmaceutical, Consumer Electronics, Financial and Food Oriented client projects in the digital marketing space. When punched out from the day gig, efforts are mainly focused on underground electronic music in the capacity of a dj and electronic music producer.
Benny Blanco® launched the blancodisco net label in January 2009 soon after a batch of old tracks got remastered and the hope is to use this site as an outlet to continue pushing his flavor of electronic based music.
Benny married his wife, Sheri, in 2006 and both enjoy raising their son, Tyler, who’s already showing interest on the 1’s and 2’s, Legos and Food.
The blog is mostly a platform to share musical & tech interests, but there are sometimes scatterings of personal bits thrown in. The podcast and the already aforementioned creative commons net label are also based out of blancodisco.com. In addition you will find a sizable collection of club/rave/party/event flyers designs from over the years during time spent in Boston and the first few years based in New York City. Finally, a link to the previous version of the flash website which was basically an old flash based portfolio that helped garner work way way back.
The name benny blanco® was trademarked in 2002 and initial use of the name began in 1995 and came to be working at Beat Non Stop records in Boston, where DJ Osheen and Benny were working at the time and the name came to be during a shift. The name ‘blancodisco’ arrived not much later when DJ Johnny Massif, working for Watts Music distribution started sending vinyl orders to benny and friends and he needed a company name address, he went with ‘blancodisco’, even though technically at the time, the address was still affiliated with the Primary Productions/Ohm Recordings era in the Mid 90’s.
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(2009) Times may be changing. Technology is really forcing the industry upside its head. Record shops closing, the general public’s interest waning, yet there are more dj’s and music coming out now than ever. Maybe not in the traditional channels, but if you know where to look, it will find you. So yes, the times may be discouraging as of late to some, but the thrust to keep pursuing the beat never ceases, even if the trend fades for a while.
Playing music for various audiences for since 1992 and collecting dance oriented music from the mid the 80’s on, a broad based catalog challenges one to play a wide variety of sets at any given time and place via the power of digital technology. The combination of digital media, a powerful CPU, a kick ass sound card, a choice of controllers (vinyl or midi mixer) and the wide range of performance experiences makes for one versatile and entertaining DJ. The ability to go from the most mellow funky track and transition smoothly to the most banging’ Peak Hour Dance Floor Record all resides in the nimble mind of Benny Blanco®.
A graduate from the esteemed Berklee College of Music in the early 90’s, Benny took to DJ’ing alongside electronic music production and music synthesis education. The numerous performances (DJ & Live P.A.’s) throughout Boston Metro shaped him as an artist. Moving to NYC in 2003 made him really hone in and refine his skill set as many of the listeners proved to be more demanding. Boston gave way to creativity and flexibility on the airwaves, bars, clubs, corporate tour legs and countless underground style parties, while New York City and the downward trend of dance music of the last few years cultivates one to really learn to cope & understand the business tactics & clientele of the NYC DJ industry. Make the most of what you can. Try to make good friends and contacts. Get out when you feel things start to get sketchy and kill it when things go bad in order to start fresh somewhere else. If you can survive here, the grass will always be greener anywhere else.
Career Performance Highlights Include:
Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum (Summer Sessions) NYC (DJ)
OHM Recordings Showcase @ The Palladium NYC, DJ & Live P.A. (studio on a stage)
Electric Highway Boston tour leg : DJ & Live P.A. (all hardware live acid techno, no computer)
Opening Sets for Mr. C, Joey Beltram &
Trevor Rockcliffe @ Axis Boston.
Redlight Loft Parties.
Captions, scored an original DJ performance to 2001: A
Space Odyssey @ Mass College of Art.
4 Years of Terrestrial Radio on a show called, ‘Beyond the QE2’ @ WZBC 90.3 FM in Boston Midnight – 6 AM.
Icast weekly net radio show.
Phoenix Landing, Cambridge, MA
Various Residencies over time (Transport, Trainspot, Butter, OtherSideCafe, DepthCharge)
Boston DIY Parties, dj’ing own music via Ableton Live
LIFELINE: Been laying down mixes since 1992
STYLES: HOUSE, TECHNO, ELECTRO, IDM, BREAKS IN
ALL FORMS, DRUM & BASS, DOWNTEMPO, TRIP HOP,
ACID, 80’S, ALTERNATIVE ROCK, GOTH, INDUSTRIAL,
CLASSIC RAVE & ‘ARDCORE, PROGRESSIVE HOUSE & TRANCE.
RELEASES/PRODUCTIONS: ASTRALWERKS, SIRE, BMG, ELECTRIK
SOUL, RAMPANT, MOONSHINE & OHM RECORDINGS.
SWEET SMELLING SURFACES (NET LABEL), BLANCODISCO
PERFORMANCE ENVIRONMENTS: BARS, LOUNGES,
SMALL – MEDIUM SIZE CLUBS, HUGE CLUBS,
CONVENTION CENTERS, CORPORATE SPONSORED
TOURS, TERRESTRIAL RADIO, WEB CASTS, ART EVENTS, BEACH
PARTIES, PRIVATE PARTIES, RAVES, OUTLAWS,
WAREHOUSE, LOFT JAMS, HOUSE PARTIES, OUT IN
THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE GENERATOR PARTIES,
CORPORATE EVENTS & CLOSE FRIENDS WEDDINGS.
DJ OR LIVE P.A.
MEDIUM & MEDIA: PREFER TO PERFORM ON A MAC
LAPTOP WITH TRAKTOR (WITH MIDI CONTROLLERS OR TIMECODE VINYL)
COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE WITH ALL VINYL. NO CDDJ.
RADIO> BEYOND THE QE2 : WZBC 90.3 FM
BLANCODISCO SHOW ON ICAST.COM
CLUB/BAR> Boston: TRANSPORT, BUTTER, TRAINSPOT,
CROSSOVER & DEFMATCH.
NYC: MOVING, LIPSYNC, BREAKAWAY & DEPTH CHARGE
BRIONI, MASSIMO BIZZOCCHI, DIGITAS, WESTCOM
ALL TIME FAVS: A SMALL PORTION
DEPECHE MODE, NEW ORDER, THE THE, UNDERWORLD,
HOWARD JONES, WARP, SOMA, 2MANYDJ’S, ROB VAUGHN,
MARK BROOM, MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO, NITZER EBB, FLOOD,
CARL CRAIG, KRUDER & DORFMEISTER PRODUCTIONS,
SIMON BERRY, THE ADVENT, ANALOG BUBBLEBATH,
AON “BE YOURSELF”, WILLIAM ORBIT PRODUCTION OF
ALL SAINTS’ “PURE SHORES”, LUKE VIBERT, CHEMICAL
BROTHERS, PAUL’S BOUTIQUE, RENEGADE
SOUNDWAVE, P.W.E.I., BABY FORD, BAUHAUS, TONES
ON TAIL, BBG “SOME KIND OF HEAVEN”, ORBITAL,
SLAM “POSITIVE EDUCATION”, CAJMERE “FEEL IT”
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