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Ben Sims had his first decks at age ten. Schooled on mix tapes by the likes of Bambatta, DJ Cheese and Froggy, and with his musical roots in reggae, funk, disco, electro, rare groove and hip-hop, by his mid teens he was spinning at after-hours 'blues' houses and a few years later came the acid house explosion with pirate radio and clubs. Skip forward ten years and you’ll find he’s one of the UK’s biggest techno exports and a much in demand producer.
Ben runs 4 labels (Ingoma/Hardgroove/Native/Theory), each one with a distinctive sound, ranging from hardgroovin’ and funk driven techno and house that is the trademark of his DJ sets, via tribal, to melodic electronica. In a genre that propagates sound-a-likes, Ben Sims productions have gained widespread attention and feature regularly in the boxes of his own personal heroes like Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Jeff Mills and Rolando, whilst also attracting crossover appeal that has seen Carl Cox, Fergie, Judge Jules and even Tiesto drop the odd sims cut. He has remixed Jeff Mills, Green Velvet, Blake Baxter, Marco Bailey, Chris Liebing and Adam Beyer and has a forthcoming artist album on the forward-thinking UK label Peacefrog.
The past 6 years have seen Ben constantly touring and tearing up dancefloors at legendary clubs & parties like- Liquid room, Tokyo, Sonar, Barcelona, Limelight. NYC, Rex, Paris, Zouk, Singapore, I love Techno, Belguim and Tresor, Berlin, Awakenings, Amsterdam and Atomic jam, England plus hundreds of others with his tight, energetic and skilful brand of 3 deck wizardry. Add this to his recent ventures into promoting with both the Retro_vert and Split parties causing a storm in London, a monthly internet radio show with Split co-promoter Chris Finke and a new mix cd lined up for Billy Nasty's 'Torture Chamber' series, there's certainly no sign of things slowing down anytime soon for Mr Sims.