Saskatoon Composer & Music Producer, Factor Eight, Wins SOCAN Foundation Award
Composition for biopic film 'Citizen' awarded third place 'Best Original Score- Non-Fiction'
October 9, 2018 in Artist News
“The composition for Citizen was produced after a long creative process and the final piece titled Impetus was a simple, electronic-based arrangement that was considered atypical for a film score,” said Bennett. “To be recognized by the SOCAN Foundation among such talented other recipients is a real honour."
Andrew is heading to Kelowna BC for the 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards, where he has been nominated for Visual Media Composer of the Year for the third consecutive year. The nominated composition is the same work that received the SOCAN Foundation Award. “Awards and nominations like these serve as recognition that others in the artistic community understand and appreciate creative decisions I’ve made. It is a tremendous encouragement to continue to trust my artistic voice moving forward.”
Bennett’s passion is collaborating with fellow artists and has worked with prestigious brands like GMC, So You Think You Can Dance, Salomon, Jaybird, and Gillette. He has made waves in the music and film industries both locally and internationally since starting out online in 2013. Popular ‘Factor Eight’ tracks include The Beginning and Life is but a Dream from his debut 2016 album, "Dust," and he has created several original scores for some ambitious visual media projects.
Bennett is native to Saskatoon where he grew up learning piano from his now music mentor, Jesse Brown, and later learnt online to produce music. He has gained valuable experience working in Vancouver before returning home in 2015 where he continues to work on other projects with support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.
“I am grateful to the SOCAN Foundation for this award, to SaskMusic, and to the Saskatchewan Arts Board for their incredible support,” said Bennett.
He is currently creating a second full-length album. “It’s a project that I am sincerely passionate about, and I cannot wait to share it.” The second full length album from ‘Factor Eight’ will be released in 2019. His 2016 debut album Dust is available now on all platforms. “It’s a joy to share art with community and see it received in unique personal ways.”