Ben's been involved in the music business since first performing piano on an FNQ town hall stage at 8-years-old. He picked up a guitar in his early teens and has gigged in bands ever since. He has provided FOH mix services for almost as long and spent much of the past 2 decades in the pro audio and music technology fields. This includes a 7+ year stint living and working out of Orange County, California. There he held executive operations and sales roles for internationally revered pro audio manufacturing and music technology development companies, before focussing on following his true passion - live event production.
Sweeney learnt much working with gun teams and leaders working on A-List musical artist tour build-outs or handling international logistics or mixing conferences at VidCon for artists ranging from Tom Petty (rip) to Dead Maus to Kanye West. He has played hundreds of gigs in bands or solo, mixed even more artists, bands and DJ’s, and worked on an immensely diverse range of international events including the Golden Globes (LA), NAB (Las Vegas), MusikMesse (Frankfurt), National Folk Festival (Canberra), WOMADelaide and Survival Day.
How the ABPH collaboration ignited was Jono approached Ben in early 2018 to seriously discuss interest in acquiring the assets and clients of Adelaide Backline. Ben's good mate and fellow band member Peter Spooner got wind - and wanted in. Adelaide Backline & Production Hire thus began - with an expanded array of equipment, looks and services.
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