Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, Upright/Electric Bassist Benjamin J. Shepherd started playing when he was 7 years old. 11 years later he moved to Los Angeles to study at the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) and to pursue a full-time music career. He has since become one of the most in-demand and versatile bassists in Los Angeles. His extensive resumè covering a multitude of different musical styles is a testament of his ability to virtually fit in on any gig. His studio and live credits include: Billy Childs, Peter Erskine, John Beasley, and MONKestra, Chance the Rapper, School Boy Q, Lee Ritenour, Patrice Rushen, Marquis Hill, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, BSlade and many more. Benjamin also co-leads a duo project with vocalist/songwriter Terra Deva entitled Benjamin and The Deva. He currently endorses Ibanez Basses, Jule Amps, Aguilar Amplification, Accugroove Cabinets, Gruv Gear Accessories, GHS Strings, and Xotic Pedals.