Ben Lochrie - Guitar
Ben has been around rock’n’roll all his life. His father being a session bass player, at age 4 Ben was introduced to the great Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company. “Hello Ben. How are you?” said Paul. When Ben replied “I’ve got nits.” Paul recoiled as if from a blazing furnace.
And so it has been.
Watching Aerosmith, Bad Company and Foreigner from the wings, Ben’s first live performance was at only 11 years old when he was invited on to the stage to play Free’s classic “Wishing Well” at Wembley, guesting with Bruce Dickinson and Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden.
In 2011 while at BRIT school Ben was accoladed with “The Paul Walters Guitarist of the Year Award” which was presented to him by Sir George Martin.
In 2012 at just 19 he played alongside Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Glenn Hughes, Doug Aldrich, Phil Campbell, Paul Gilbert, Brian Tichy and more at The Wembley Arena for Marshall Amplification’s 50th Anniversary Show.
From the studios of London to Sydney, whether recording for Mel C (Spice Girls), Jason Owen (Australia), The Disney Corporation or legendary producer Youth, whether playing live with Bonnie Tyler, Nik Kershaw or Paul Young, Ben maintains his “blazing furnace” talent as lead guitarist of Go West since 2016.
Vinzenz Benjamin - Bass
Originally from Austria, Vinzenz has been based in London for almost 20 years where he has established himself as an in demand bass player on the UK music scene. He has worked with a host of artists live and in the studio, some of these include:
Holly Johnson, Cutting Crew, Rewind Allstars, Sister Sledge, Kim Wilde, Cheryl Cole, Sing On! (Netflix Series), Rick Astley, Nik Kershaw, Tony Hadley, Taylor Dayne.
Phil G - Drums
Phil is originally from Austria but has been living and working in the UK since 2004.
While studying at the Vienna Jazz Conservatory he gained experience working alongside multi-platinum selling band Die Seer; 2002 Latin Grammy nominee, Celeste Carballo; Tower Of Power’s legendary frontman Hubert Tubbs as well as touring as drum tech for Terry Bozzio.
His ambition to navigate a more ‘serious’ career in music (prompted by a brief spell of touring the UK), inspired Phil to relocate to London in 2004. He has since enjoyed a versatile and busy schedule both live and in the studio. He has gained invaluable experience from working with amazing songwriters, producers and film composers and touring internationally with established artists and bands.
Phil joined Go West in 2015. Some of his other engagements have included: Mike + The Mechanics, Nik Kershaw, Ministry of Sound, Roachford, Kim Wilde, Paul Young, Cutting Crew, ABC, Taylor Dayne, Wang Chung, Mike Rutherford, Callum Scott, The London Concert Orchestra, Shawn Escoffery.
Lyndon J. Connah - Keyboards
Lyndon has been a regular in London’s major recording studios, often with producer Chris Porter (George Michael, Take That & many others) as a freelance keyboard player , programmer & singer.
He has recorderd and toured with many artists including – Squeeze, Thomas Dolby, Bananarama, Wham!, George Michael, Sinead O’Connor, David Sylvian, Joe Cocker, Tony Hadley, Take That!, The Human League, Kim Wilde, Nik Kershaw, ABC, Belinda Carlisle, Sister Sledge, Holly Johnson, Hazel O’Connor, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Prefab Sprout, Paul Young, Chrissie Hynde, Rick Astley, Candi Staton, T’Pau, Level 42 & many others.
Lyndon has also composed music for Take That’s live shows during the 1990’s, and written theme tunes, idents & commercials for radio, including a musical comedy series broadcast on BBC Radio One.