Colin Benders is a Dutch producer with an affinity towards “impossible projects”. This has seen him wear many hats but most recently a live electronic dance project done entirely with modular synthesizers. Even though he has yet to officially release under this alias Colin is drawing in thousands of live viewers every session on his live streams. With this in mind Colin is currently working on a highly anticipated EP that will showcase an array of most loved “jams”. European summer will see him take prime position at renowned festivals such as Awakenings and Dekmantel Festival, with many more lined up and ready to go.
Colin Benders made his debut under the name Kyteman, producing a hip hop album named “The Hermit Sessions” released in 2009. This record became an unexpected success, ultimately gaining double platinum status with Colin’s instrumental song “Sorry” ending up at nr 2 on the radio charts. In this same period Colin started The Kyteman Orchestra, a live spectacle with sometimes as many as 80 people on stage. The Kyteman Orchestra sold out their entire tour for all 3 albums they released and brought them to headliner positions at festivals like Pinkpop and Lowlands. Internationally they played throughout Europe at festivals such as Umbria Jazz and Rock Werchter. Their latest project, The Jam Sessions, revolved around the concept of improvising entire shows from beginning to end. Together they developed a sign language that allowed them to write music live on stage. In 2016, The Kyteman Orchestra did one last show at the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Here they applied the concept of The Jam Sessions on the entire Radio Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied by the Groot Omroep Koor.
Colin Benders is also the founder of studio complex Kytopia, which he runs with his father Erik Benders. With 25 music studios and 80 people at work on a daily basis including artists such as Binkbeats, Kensington, producer Simon Akkermans, Kypski, Kubus and Black Sun Empire, Kytopia is an important part of the Dutch music scene. Highlights include Snarky Puppy’s DVD recording “We Like It Here” and the yearly “Studio Stekker” where once a year producers from all over the world come together to create new music. Past guests include Howie B, Suuns, Richard Devine, Mark Verbos, Peaking Lights, Matthew Johnson, Stimming, The Mole and many others.