Philadelphia's Ben Runyan is the face of J U S T P R O C E S S. Previously Runyan lead the Philadelphia electronic pop group City Rain. As a band City Rain has experienced acclaim for the cinematic music video for their first single, "The Optimist," which in 2013 landed on VEVO's Indie Playlist garnering over 250,000 hits. The track steamrolled through 2014 when the video won mtvU's The Freshmen contest in February, placing it in regular rotation on the network. More recently, City Rain teamed up with MTV again when the song was fittingly featured on MTV's popular reality TV show, Catfish. City Rain’s music has also been featured on Esquire TV, Showtime, and G4TV. City Rain was also nominated for ASCAP’s Sammy Cahn award for best lyrics for “The Optimist” in 2013. City Rain, with Ben at the helm, as performed/DJ’ed with artists like Washed Out, School of Seven Bells, Capital Cities, Class Actress, Robert Delong, Alvin Risk and more.
In the composition world City Rain scores music for commercials and short film. Drawing on various influences, City Rain devises lush ambient textures complimented by melodic piano structures.
Most recently Runyan is working on a new record with featuring vocalists (under the alias "J U S T P R O C E S S"). This production name is Runyan’s foray into the EDM/Pop world and serves as a calling card and resume to write for other artists. Runyan began work on his upcoming record under the pseudonym in October of 2016 writing songs for the female voice drawing influences from the likes of Jack U, DJ Snake, Mike Posner and Above & Beyond. The album is currently untitled and should see a spring or summer release.
Runyan is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music Technology at both Drexel & Rowan Universities.
"accessible electronic music without relying too heavily on generic hooks and catchy refrains"
- USA Today“Within seconds of hearing City Rain’s catchy electronic synth-pop, it’s nearly impossible to not hit the dance floor without joyous abandonment”
"combining twinkly keys with surf-rock guitars and etheral vocals, City Rain bring a unique feel to the electronic scene"
- Alternative Press "Runyan’s experimentation with synthesizers is ambitious, but the payoff is large”
- Consequence of Sound
-MTVU Freshmen Winner
-Reverbnation Artist of the Week
-ASCAP Sammy Cahn Songwriters Nomination
-Tri State Indie Award Emerging Indie Electro
Experimental band of the year