Benjamin “iamBNJMIIN” Thomas '14 is a Philadelphia-based music engineer and producer. His career began at Germantown Friends School, where he provided audio support for school events, plays, and assemblies. It was during this humble beginning that Ben found his love for audio. Since then, he has had the good fortune of working with some of the best artists in the world, on projects that are both personally fulfilling and well received.
After high school, Ben attended Temple University, majoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management and graduating in May 2018. Building on his GFS foundation, Ben continued his studio, After5 Studios, which was a way to provide high quality and low cost recording to the artists in the Germantown and Mount Airy community.
Two partnerships have proved instrumental in helping Ben take his career to the next level. In 2015, Ben met Philadelphia music ambassador Chill Moody. Chill and Ben developed a strong friendship and business relationship that has resulted in nicethingsMUSIC, a Philadelphia-based record label that helps local artists gain national distribution and exposure. And through Ben's work with RECPhilly, a Philadelphia-based music industry incubator, he was able to take his work in music from a passion and hobby to a full-time career. Through these partnerships, Ben has progressed as an engineer, exposing him to a diverse range of clients and allowing him to take full part in artists' musical development.
In 2016, Ben interned at Studio Breed, one of the top studios in Philadelphia. He rose quickly through the ranks, progressing from intern to the main staff engineer in only a few months, thanks to his calm demeanor and technical expertise.
In 2017, Ben served as the engineer for Jazmine Sullivan and Bryson Tiller’s song "Insecure" for the show of the same name. He also served as an engineer for Brian McKnight's album "Genesis." Ben’s work on both of these projects earned him one Soul Train Award nomination as well as two NAACP Image Award nominations.
Currently, Ben is working as the main engineer for both RECPhilly and Studio Breed, while operating his own recording studio and mixing facility. Ben has also been increasing his role the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy, where he is a voting member and spent four years as the campus ambassador for Grammy U .
Outside of music, Ben has edited podcasts for iHeart Radio’s "Art of the Hustle" as well as ADR and audio mixing work for the online TV series "Single and Anxious" on Amazon.
Some of Ben’s clients have included: Post Malone, Jazmine Sullivan, Bryson Tiller, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Dicky, Jorja Smith, Lil Yachty, Desiigner, Brian McKnight, Bilal, Chill Moody, Donn T, Shawn Smith, Armani White, Oshun, and Charlie Heat.