Ben Holst smashed his first mandolin at 18 months old. After THE WHO but before Kurt Cobain.
A relative pioneer among his diaper clad peers. Word of this behavior spread slowly through the playground and sometime around 8th grade Ben finally got a call from Jeremy Gilbertson to play guitar in his band THE PREMONITION. SOLD !
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After finishing his Advertising degree at the University of Georgia, (Because it was the closest thing to a Music Business degree) Ben got his start like any aspiring music producer: tweaking the espresso console for Brendan O’Brien at Southern Tracks Recording in Atlanta.
Life as a coffee engineer made for good conversation, his work and time eventually paid off with engineering credits including: Incubus, The Drive-By Truckers, Patton Oswalt, The Sammies, A Fight To The Death, Jeremy Aggers and many more label and indie stalwarts.
While nurturing the crafts of record producer, songwriter, performer, and session player, Ben maintained his alliances with his good-ol-boy advertising buddies from UGA. As an avid home studio owner and multi-instrumentalist Ben quickly became a go-to guy for custom music production, voiceover and anything audio. If Music and Advertising is a shotgun marriage, then Ben Holst is the Justice of the Peace.
As chance would have it, growth challenges and volume were met with encouragement and direction from an old and talented friend. Re-enter Jeremy Gilbertson and the birthing of Tunewelder Music Group, LLC.
Experiences in the Athens/Atlanta recording community most recently took Holst to Nashville where he continues to work as a session musician and demo producer for Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Past Sony/ATV clients include Bill Anderson, Curly Putman, Leslie Satcher and Jim Lauderdale, Bill Luther, Tony Lane, Dean Dillon, Jamie O'Hara, and Tom Douglas.
As a player, Ben has been featured on studio recordings with notable artists and players such as Morris Pleasure, David LaBruyere, Jimmy Herring, Dave Schools, Jeff Mosier, David Blackmon, John Neff, Marty Kearns, Jon Roberts, Herb Avery, Josh Day, and Fred Vigdor.
Ben’s album credits often include: electric or acoustic 6, 12 string guitars, baritone guitar, lap steel, Dobro, pedal steel, 5 String, fretless, and upright bass, mandolin, erhu, Hammond organ, piano, banjo, fiddle, harmonica and harmony vocals.
Like all great music minds, Jeremy's love for the craft began at an early age. After first using his Mom’s pots and pans as a makeshift drum kit, Jeremy quickly progressed from kitchenware to saxophone then back to a real drum set in middle school. When the time came to put his first band together, Jeremy recruited his now current business partner, Ben Holst to play guitar.
Although The Premonition (yeah that’s what they called themselves) didn’t make any gold records or perform at Radio City Music Hall, Ben and Jeremy gained valuable and early experience in organization, writing and performance. Sadly, The Premonition came to an official end when Jeremy moved from Simsbury, CT to Atlanta, GA in 1992.
After moving to GA, Jeremy continued his pursuit of the rock, playing in multiple bands while in college and working through popular Atlanta venues like Smith’s Olde Bar, Eddie’s Attic and The Masquerade. As a self-proclaimed jack-of-most, master-of-none, musical weaponry includes acoustic/electric guitars, bass guitar, drums/percussion, spoons, washboard and steering wheel.
Upon receiving his BBA in Marketing from Kennesaw State University in 1999, Jeremy quickly adopted the exploding technology sector.
For the past 10 years he has been designing, planning, and constructing IT networks, structured cabling systems, physical security systems, and data center facility infrastructure. While working closely with Fortune 1000 companies, Jeremy's roles have also included consulting, sales, design and project management.
Having now come full circle, Jeremy brings his professional and artistic skill set to Tunewelder Music Group by brainstorming complex multimedia solutions as well as musical composition, performance and production flow.
Whether it was a complete data center solution, or the perfect piece of music for a marketing video on YouTube, Jeremy has the experience to manage any client need from concept to delivery.In his spare time Jeremy Holds leadership roles in technology and real estate organizations, continues to record and produce local Atlanta artists, and makes it to his daughter's soccer games.