Ben loves to create unconventional, unique music. He began pushing boundaries in 2010, when he became an active member of the folkloric black metal band Windfaerer, and evolved his sound even further after joining the fusion rock band Thank You Scientist in 2013. In that time, Thank You Scientist has toured in the United States and internationally, both as a headliner and as a supporting band for major acts.
His unique ear, expert musical training, and keen sense for not just his sound, but the right sound, naturally led him to the world of audio engineering. In 2018, Ben joined forces with professional engineer Bobby Torres, recording metal, rock, and hardcore bands at Frightbox Recording in Passaic, New Jersey. Ben’s nuanced, thoughtful ideas, as well as his engineering know-how, elevate the quality and artistry of any production.
In 2020, Ben launched Frost Gauntlet Recording ( https://www.benkaras.com/ ) to better serve his clients with string session work, arrangements, compositions, recording & engineering services, and full production capabilities.
Ben earned his B.A. in violin performance from Montclair State University in 2013, studying under violin virtuoso Boris Kucharsky. With a strong upbringing in classical violin, he rounded out his violin skills and shaped his unique musical voice post-graduation by studying a multitude of musical genres and experimenting further with electric violin.
Antoine BEUX "Tony Bird" - plays a ETJ 5 strings barytone electric violin
"ETJ Violins have been a big discovery for me. They offer some very interesting possibilities such as a wonderful, warm and realistic acoustic sound and they also do an amazing job for extreme music like hardcore/metal. I love their polyvalence! Completely rockin’!!" Antoine “Tony Bird” Beux
Antoine MARHEM - endorsed artist , plays a 5 string ETJ electric violin, padauk model
"The discovery of the violin made by Eric Thomas Jacquin was a real relief in my approach to the amplified violin. For some years I have played and tried a about ten different models (from luthier violin to factory production) without ever finding an instrument that comes close to what I was looking for. A balance between a pleasant touch and weight facilitating the technical approach of his playing and a sound close to that which I appreciate on his acoustic violin. The quality of the sound of the instrument, its aesthetics and its finesse of violin making coupled with the playing comfort make the ETJ a comrade I now play systematically on the amplified stages. Whether through the beauty of natural sound of the instrument or by the possibility of working on the sound and the texture, of adding multitude of effects, the versatility of the ETJ is undeniable and will delight any violinist."
Andrew GORMAN - plays a ETJ 5 strings barytone electric violin
Andrew is a very talented "Mathmusician, Educator and Composer" and plays a beautiful ETJ 5 string baritone electric