Ben Liebrand

Ben Liebrand

Real Name:
Bernardus C. Liebrand
Profile:
Dutch DJ, Producer and Mastermixer, born 27 September 1960, Nijmegen. He began his career as a DJ in 1976. Was given his own mix-show ("In The Mix") on Radio Veronica, The Netherlands from 1983 to 1985.
From that radioshow, the Grandmix (an annual mix of all important dance tracks of that particular year) and the Minimix (single track remixes or combi-mixes) evolved.

Around the same time, he also began producing, charting multiple times with acts like Forrest (Rock The Boat) and MC Miker G. & DJ Sven (Holiday Rap).
He also reached top spots in the charts with his remixes for Tavares (Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel), Bill Withers (Lovely Day) and Phil Collins (In The Air Tonight).

After 1992, frustrated with lack of feedback from his Grandmixes (which took one month to produce), he took a break from music and focused on 3D image work.
Having learned to produce quality image renderings and 3D animation, he was hired to do commercials (Smith's, Arcade Compilations CD's), and music work (Videoclips for Atlantic Ocean and Alan Parsons Project), Bumpers for Music TV station TMF).

In 1998 the Internet, and especially the "Mixfreaks" mailinglist caused Ben to think about music again, because now he did get the feedback and appreciation for the work he did in the 80's and 90's.

Nowadays Ben is again fully involved in music, making Grandmixes in a new format on 3CD's and he again has his "In The Mix" show on Radio Veronica.

People like Armin van Buuren and Olav Basoski have cited him as the main influence for them entering the music biz.

Ben Liebrand's sister is Rita Liebrand.
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Ben Liebrand Discography

Albums

Ben Liebrand Sound Effects And Linndrum Fills High Fashion Music, Dureco Benelux Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
Ben Liebrand Styles (Album) Epic, Epic Japan 1990 Sell This Version
Ben Liebrand The Ben Liebrand Grandmix 89 DMC UK 1990 Sell This Version
BLCD 2 Ben Liebrand Collectors Editions CD 2(CD) Liebrand Audio BLCD 2 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
BLCD 3 Ben Liebrand Collectors Editions CD 3(CD) Liebrand Audio BLCD 3 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
BLCD 1 Ben Liebrand Collectors Editions CD 1(CD) Liebrand Audio BLCD 1 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
82876739369 Ben Liebrand Grandmix VJ Visuals(DVD-V, PAL + CD) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876739369 Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
Ben Liebrand Iconic Groove (Album) Sony Music Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Machine* Bolero (Single) EMI Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
Ben Liebrand The Eve Of The War (Single, Maxi) CBS, CBS Dance Pool Australia 1989 Sell This Version
Ben Liebrand Featuring Nasty Chat Ben Liebrand Featuring Nasty Chat - I Wish (Single Remix) (Single, Maxi) Epic Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Ben Liebrand Puls(t)ar (Single, Maxi) Epic UK 1990 Sell This Version
Ben Liebrand Feat. Tony Scott Ben Liebrand Feat. Tony Scott - Move To The Bigband (Maxi, Single) Epic, CBS Dance Pool UK 1990 Sell This Version
Ben Liebrand Featuring CJ* & CP* Ben Liebrand Featuring CJ* & CP* - Give Me An Answer (Maxi) CBS Germany 1991 Sell This Version
Ben Liebrand Featuring The Gibson Brothers* Ben Liebrand Featuring The Gibson Brothers* - Music & Passion (Maxi, Single) Epic Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
498279 2 Ben Liebrand Minimix 1(CD, Maxi) Sony Music Media 498279 2 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
674516 1, 6475161000 Ben Liebrand Typisch Tachtig Mix(CD, Single, Mixed) Sony Music Media, Sony Music Media 674516 1, 6475161000 Netherlands 2003 Sell This Version
none Ben Liebrand Feat. James "D-Train" Williams Ben Liebrand Feat. James "D-Train" Williams - Mister DJ(File, WAV, Maxi) Not On Label none Netherlands 2015
G010003349697V Ben Liebrand Feat. James "D-Train" Williams Ben Liebrand Feat. James "D-Train" Williams - Weekend(CDr, Single, Promo) Sony Music G010003349697V Netherlands 2015 Sell This Version

Compilations

Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches (Comp) Sony Music Media, Sony Music Media, Sony Music Media Europe 2003 Sell This Version
SMM 519885 2, 5198852000, 519885 2000 Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 2(4xCD, Comp) Sony Music Media, Sony Music Media, Sony Music Media SMM 519885 2, 5198852000, 519885 2000 Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
82876822312 Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 3(4xCD, Comp) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876822312 Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
82876893792 Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 4(4xCD, Comp) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876893792 Netherlands 2007 Sell This Version
88697379532 Liebrand* 12-Inches (Ben Liebrand Remixes)(4xCD, Comp) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 88697379532 Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version
88697277712 Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 5(4xCD, Comp) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 88697277712 Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version

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Anamon

Anamon

July 2, 2012
I just want to say: thank heavens for Ben Liebrand and his Grand 12-Inches series. This is a treasure trove, and not to mention an important and admirable preservation project that he's undertaking. There have been many 12" reissue projects, but none that all at once provided high-quality remasters from original tapes, spanned such a wide area, were released in these numbers, AND are officially licensed and legal. 36 CDs filled to the brim with dancefloor classics so far, and still going strong. I hope that Mr. Liebrand will be able to continue this effort for many years to come. His love for the music shows, and I hope he gets the recognition he deserves not only as a producer of reissues, but as a musical curator.
GoodNF

GoodNF

March 26, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
The Netherlands are a small country, but this country achieved several things that "put it on the global map": tall ships, flood protection, "total football". Considering art and culture, Ben Liebrand was as important for dance music as was the Golden Earring for rock music and Rembrandt van Rijn for painting. Not only for the Netherlands, but also for Europe, the U.S., maybe the entire world.

Sure, he may not be the first in beatmixing, but he was one of the first deejays to use his turntable skills in a production studio setup. This way, he made his first Grandmix in 1983, the result of beatmixing combined with cutting and splicing tape segments. As a matter of fact, Ben Liebrand was the musical counterpart of Rembrandt: painting pictures with music, creating compositions of its own using other people's music. Over 100 tracks within an hour, making it suitable for radio broadcast between two hourly newsflashes. After that, the dance music scene would never be the same, and what started as a funny extra became a benchmark for music lovers all over the world: what was Ben to mix this time in those magic 55 minutes at the end of the year? I always remembered myself being a bit disappointed after getting the Grandmix taped because the mix was too long to fit on a side of a C90 audio cassette (so I missed the final 10 minutes of it)...:( I also remember stories about people buying these full-size Revox tape recorders just to ensure the entire Grandmix was stored on tape.

Besides that, Ben did a lot of remixes, productions and even a 6-9 minute Minimix every week, refining his concept of the remix with the latter. Some of these Minimixes received an official release, in some cases even surpassing the original version in terms of hit success.

After a seven-year break, the Grandmix was brought back to life, to much delight of early fans. However, the new style Grandmix was as a three-hour mix which was also released on 3CD-sets. In the meantime, the classic Grandmixes (1983-1992) still remained broadcast on Dutch radio stations on a regular basis (due to the fact a lot of tracks were used without the artist's and/or their record companies' consent back then, a CD re-issue of these classic Grandmixes was and is not possible).

Today, Ben Liebrand is still very devoted to the perfect transition as well as preserving his personal roots, inspirations and club favourites under the moniker "Grand 12 Inches"; a compilation series that goes back to the source, both in terms of raw material being used for his mixes and in terms of using the original production masters to provide the best sound quality around (this includes getting in touch with the original artist, his allies and browsing their private master archives). Just like the Grandmix, this is a concept that has been copied over the years but never equalled.
ginod

ginod

February 27, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
I Think, this is one of the first DJ's who was into Beatmixing, already in the early 80ies. It started all, when he went on vacation, and heard a lot of good tracks, and wanted to share them with friends back home. But listing to 20 tracks would take a lot of time, so Ben decided to cut out some samples and made a continious mix of the tracks. The first megamix was born.

Nowadays he just mixes with the Pioneer CDJ1000 when performing a liveset. With a least 4 CDJ1000 he mixes everything from 70ies /80ies with the hits from today.

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