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Ben Goldwasser

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Benjamin ‘Beno’ ‘Kittenz’ Goldwasser (born December 17, 1982) is a lyricist and musician in the psychedelic rock band MGMT, for which he primarily plays keyboards and sings. In 2009, his song “Electric Feel” (co-written with bandmate Andrew VanWyngarden), remixed by Justice, won a Grammy Award in the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category. In 2010, his band was nominated for a Grammy as Best New Artist and Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.Goldwasser was born in Mishawaka, Indiana, but was raised in Westport, New York. He is Jewish. When he was 11 years old, he saw Adrian Belew live in concert, and met guitarist Rob Fetters backstage. He took piano lessons while growing up, played in his high school’s jazz band, and attended a “rock and roll camp” in Montpelier, Vermont. One of his musical influences in high school was the electronic protopunk band Suicide.

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