MIGUEL BAPTISTA BENEDICT
Experimental artist Miguel Baptista Benedict, also called Mike Benedict, has deep-seated intuition and wisdom that spans beyond his 25 years. Growing up in East Lansing, a paint-by-numbers college town near Detroit, he had few cultural explorations on offer outside of the loop pedals, guitars, bass and piano in his house. From a young age he grew up listening to his mother play piano – and though he delved into piano lessons as well (in addition to taking up the trumpet as an adolescent), he found himself more drawn to the distortion of sound and composition.
After making a few test recordings in high school, it was in college that he met a similarly experimental musician named Garrett Anderson. The two of them formed a noise band called Puberty, and went on to release two tapes with Dutch cassette label Skrot Up. Benedict also joined a band called Divorce Party when living in Ypsilanti in the fall of 2010, and the quartet ended up releasing the “blistering spazz-noise-punk” 12-inch ‘Astrocongertion Oporium’ with Seattle’s Aphonia Records (an imprint that later released some of his own solo material). With Divorce Party, Benedict created all of his vocals through the use of walkie talkies, alongside guitarist Ryan St Claire, bassist Joe Biggerstaff and drummer David Slaga, to create a mixture of surf rock, noise rock and sound manipulation.
Benedict fatefully contacted Flying Lotus out of the blue in 2008, with no intention to release any music together. They stayed in somewhat regular contact, but it was in the Autumn of 2010 that Lotus asked him to join his stable. Compiled over two years, and across six different albums, the 10-track ‘Super(b)-Child-Ran’ LP is set to be released on Brainfeeder in early 2013.
MBB additionally works with his 5-year-strong art collective, notitrecordings (pronounced “Not It”). With a tentative compilation due for release sometime next year, artists include Craig Johnson, aka Laserbeams of Boredom, who Benedict fondly calls “the single most inspirational person I know personally. He and I have collaborated a few times, but his set up, recordings, everything about him contributes to what and who I am today as an artist.”