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Singer, writer, producer and DJ Ben Hudson (a.k.a Mr Hudson)
In 2008 with the critically acclaimed album “A Tale Of Two Cities” under his belt, Mr H made a list of producers to work on a follow-up. But then he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse. Kanye West wanted to sign Mr H to his label G.O.O.D. music and exec produce his next album. No brainer. Next thing he knew he was on a plane to Hawaii. “Before i got to America i was a reluctant collaborator but on the first day in Hawaii, Kanye said ‘i want you to help’ and i took that to heart and it stuck with me ever since”. I just try to help in whatever context i’m in. It’s a good headspace.
In addition to Kanye, Mr H began collaborating with Kid Cudi, Big Sean and Jay Z; “I had always wanted to work with rappers and Grime MCs in London. People like Sway and Dizzy Rascal but I sort of over-shot and ended up in Hawaii working with G.O.O.D. music.” (They made #1 albums 808s & Heartbreak, The Blueprint 3 and Straight No Chaser). He went on to work with a string of international names such as Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers, Idris Elba, Chance The Rapper, Frank Ocean, Miley Cyrus, Future, DJ Snake, Vic Mensa. “It’s stranger than fiction” confesses Mr H “I’m a singer-songwriter from Birmingham… this doesn’t happen… What really hit me was singing for President Bill Clinton and telling the folks back home.”
By 2014 he was in the studio working with Duran Duran where he co-wrote & produced “Paper Gods” the band’s highest charting album in 20 years. Mr H features on the title track ‘Paper Gods’. He performed on Jimmy Kimmel live and at The Hollywood Bowl. Simon Le Bon said “he almost became like the fifth member of the band… being from Birmingham helped… he came for an afternoon and stayed for… a year!”
Then in 2015, partly inspired by the John Taylor’s transatlantic existence, Mr H decided he needed a change of scenery “I gave all my possessions away and bought a one way ticket to LA”.
Despite moving so far west, one of Hudson’s biggest looks in 2016 came from a collaboration with the French producer DJ Snake. “It was a very modern process” describes Mr H “we never met… it all went down in the DMs”. The fruit of this collaboration “Here Comes The Night” became a key track on DJ Snake’s album “Encore”.
Currently residing in LA, Mr Hudson is as always busy writing and producing, but has found time to prepare a new batch of solo material. “It’s like working two jobs!” He kicked things off with the unexpected sound of “Can’t Forget You” with the follow up ‘Coldplay’ (featuring Vic Mensa) premiered with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Apple radio.