Binkbeats

Binkbeats biography

To spawn something surreal out of the earthly.

Dutch producer, multi-instrumentalist and composer BINKBEATS – real name Frank Wienk – has a consummate knack for translating organic sounds to the synthesis of electronic music. Wienk’s singular talents amassed both global renown and a passionate following with his Beats Unraveled video-series. Over the course of the decade, he developed his mastery of sound into a rapidly expanding vocabulary, churning out compositions that transcend the realms of IDM, jazz, hip-hop, classical, ambient pop, minimalism, and techno.

After developing an early interest in alternative rock and heavy metal, Wienk studied drums and percussion at the Conservatory of Utrecht. Between semesters, he immersed himself in hip-hop and beat-making. By osmosis, his mushrooming talents as both multitasking live performer and hip-hop producer consolidated into BINKBEATS. BINKBEATS first turned heads around the world with his Beats Unraveled-series, which found him performing tracks by Atoms For Peace, J. Dilla, Flying Lotus, and Aphex Twin entirely live and in single takes.

The dazzlingly inventive, faithful ways Wienk renders these complex original works drew hot praise from the likes of Questlove, Thom Yorke, and The Gaslamp Killer. BINKBEATS’ Beats Unraveled-phase was punctuated by an engrossing sold-out Boiler Room set at the Royal Albert Hall in 2015.

In January 2019, Japanese indie label P-Vine put out a physical release of both Private Matter Previously Unavailable EPs. One month later, BINKBEATS announced the project’s remarkable third and final chapter with a scorching live video of ‘Drones In My Bones’, layering searing guitar textures, Indonesian bamboo-percussion and even the buzz of an exposed jack connector. Out on March 8, the EP captures a BINKBEATS less preoccupied with anatomizing tracks for live performances, stretching his parameters to new extremes with soul-stirring cinematic pieces and abstract atmospherics.

Highlights
Past shows: Royal Albert Hall (Sold Out), Pitch Festival, DOUR Festival, Les Ardentes, Eurosonic, Transmusicales, Best Kept Secret, Le Guess Who?

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