Sat 29 JUN – Sun jun 30
Awakenings Festival 2019
Skip forward over 15 years and you’ll find he’s one of the UK’s biggest techno exports and a much in demand producer. Ben has been involved in running 9 labels, a couple of which are on hold at present (Theory, Killabite, Hardgroove, Native, Ingoma, Symbolism, Assembly, KB Records inc, Split Music), 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 from the likes of Carl Cox etc. He has remixed Jeff Mills, Green Velvet, Blake Baxter, DJ Funk, Marco Bailey, Chris Liebing, Adam Beyer plus many more and has had his tracks and remixes featured on mix cds by Robert Hood, Francois Kevorkian, DJ Rush, Joey Beltram, Dave Clarke, Umek, Luke Slater, Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin and hundreds more. The past 10 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, Gent, Tresor, Berlin, Awakenings, Amsterdam and Atomic Jam, Birmingham plus hundreds of others with his tight, energetic and skilful brand of 3 deck wizardry. Add this to the 6 deck ROKU sets with Mark Broom, recent ventures into promoting with both the Retro_vert and Split parties causing a storm in London, a monthly internet radio show presented with Alex Downey and a new mix cd lined up for the Slovenian based Matrix series, plus the FREQUENCY 7 dex ́n ́ fx and laptop shows with Birmingham's Surgeon, pushing the boundaries of DJ sets or as part of the ESSEX RASCALS with Tony Anderson, Mark Broom and Paul Mac dropping everything from House to Funk to Disco. The illusive classics remixing duo KILLA PRODUCTIONS again with Paul Mac, plans for a disco re- edit project and after recent bizarre but genius use of the hit 'Remanipulated' in a hardcore lesbian porn clip doing the rounds on the net, you can certainly expect some sexy new beats from Mr Sims very soon!