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Frank Wienk

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 Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. 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.

Two years later, Wienk embarked in a project called Private Matter Previously Unavailable, a trio of EPs that explore BINKBEATS’ well-established sonic craftsmanship into original works, further expanded by the use of harmonics and vocal experimentations. Wienk routinely shares his creative process with his snowballing fanbase. His Instagram- page has become a medium to demonstrate both a vast collection of percussion instruments and the baffling ways they’re applied within BINKBEATS’ music.

Additionally, he accompanies releases with studio performances, a breakneck display of composing and playing on- the-fly. BINKBEATS’ rendition of his futuristic jazz workout ‘Little Nerves’ – featuring steady collaborator Niels Broos – has accumulated over 1,6 million YouTube hits, easily surpassing any of the Beats Unraveled-entries.

In 2018, BINKBEATS made his biggest strides yet as a musical powerhouse. After notable musical collaborations with Japanese beat-maestro DJ Krush, fresh Glassnote Records-entry Luwten and Brainfeeder-stalwart Jameszoo, BINKBEATS released part two of his Private Matter Previously Unavailable-trilogy. Additionally, he was handpicked by Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams from a long list of notable composers to score his documentary American Jail, which was shown in over forty countries worldwide.

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.

“Sophisticated, soulful music that goes from gentle rain to earth-shattering thunder.” - The Gaslamp Killer “Unnervingly talented.” - Boiler Room

“Binkbeats continues to wow audiences and fans worldwide with his multifaceted, experimental journeys of sound.” - The Playground

“He used a gong for the sub bass.. a GONG!!! “- Random YouTube Commenter