Growing up in a family of artists (his mother is a painter and his father works in advertising and photography), Benjamin Henocq began studying music at 4 with his step-father, a musician. He then attended the Conservatoire in Paris, the IACP music school, the Gilles and Nadia Touché School of Music, as well as individual lessons in piano, singing, harmonics, arrangement, dance and drums…
He performed his first concert at 12 and became a percussion teacher at 17 at the IACP School of Music. Since 1985, he regularly performs in clubs, concert halls and festivals in Europe, the United States, Japan, the Persian Gulf and Africa.
He collaborated with : He collaborated with : Michel Legrand, John McLaughlin, Didier Lockwood, Lee Konitz, the conductor Seiji Ozawa and the Radio France symphonic orchestra, Anne Ducros, Eric Le Lann, Stephane Belmondo, Robin Eubanks, Glenn Ferris, Antonio Farao, Dado Moroni, Flavio Boltro, Jacky Terrasson, Enrico Pieranunzi, Paolo Fresu, Richard Galliano, Jean-Michel Pilc, Tommy Smith, Red Holloway, Harold Land, Rick Margitza, the Belmondo brothers, Sylvain Beuf, Marc Ducret, Philip Catherine, Norma Winstone, Louis Winsberg, Martial Solal, Laurent de Wilde, Denis Badault, J.F. Jenny Clarke, Henri Texier, Michel Portal, Michel &, Jon Hendricks, Le Pom (François Jeanneau – Andy Emler), Big Band, Quoi de Neuf Docteur, Kartet, David Patrois, Benjamin Diamond, Nelson Veras, Graig Bailey, Joe Locke, etc…
“For the first time, Batterie Magazine spoke with Mr Henocq, a UFO in the world of drums who played with the greatest jazzmen but also legends of pop such as James Taylor. Conversation with the wizard of swing, a true composer with drums.”
— Batterie Magazine (2006)
Co-leader and composer for the trio Prysm, he also plays in several other Pop, Rock, Jazz and Funk bands, sometimes as a leader.
As well as private lessons, he has taught the drums and directed orchestral work shops in the following schools: CNSM, IACP, CIM, CMDL, and currently American School of Modern Music