- 🇺🇸 Reston, VA
- Years Active
2007 - Now
benny blanco is one of the most in-demand pop music producers and songwriters of the early 21st century.
Born Benjamin Levin in 1988, blanco initially aspired to a career as a rapper, but shifted his focus to producing hip-hop instrumentals in his Virginia bedroom. While interning for Brooklyn-based producer Disco D, blanco befriended rapper Spank Rock to record Bangers & Cash, an EP created in homage to rap pioneers 2 Live Crew; the record caught the attention of hit-making producer Dr. Luke, who signed blanco to his Kasz Money Productions.
After working on blockbusters like Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl," Britney Spears' "Circus," Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" and Ke$ha's "Tik Tok," blanco spun out of the Kasz Money orbit in 2011, co-writing and co-producing Maroon 5's slinky electro-pop hit "Moves like Jagger," which topped the pop charts in 18 countries including the U.S. Friends Keep Secrets, one of two labels blanco launched in partnership with Interscope Records in 2014, released his debut solo single "Eastside" in July 2018: the record, featuring vocalists Halsey and Khalid, peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 - at the time, blanco's 27th Top Ten single as a writer, a total including seven number-one hits.