Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, Upright/Electric Bassist Benjamin J. Shepherd started playing when he was 7 years old. 11 years later he moved to Los Angeles to study at the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) and to pursue a full time music career. He has since become one of the most in demand and versatile bassists in Los Angeles. Benjamin has performed on stage and recorded in the studio with artists such as Peter Erskine, Mike Stern, Billy Childs, John Beasley, Patrice Rushen, Lee Ritenour, Marquis Hill, Becca Stevens, Alicia Olatuja, Ellis Hall, Kenny Washington, Jubilant Sykes, Jamison Ross, The Monk’estra, Chance The Rapper, School Boy Q, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Miguel Atwood Ferguson and many more.
He currently endorses Ibanez Basses, Jule Amps, Aguilar Amplification, Accugroove Cabinets, Gruv Gear Accessories, GHS Strings and Xotic Pedals.