Ben Shaw has been DJ’ing since 1992, progressing from the early Hardcore Rave sound, moving onto drum ‘n’ bass, house, and then to Progressive and breaks. Brought up listening to Modern Jazz, he learned to play percussion and keyboards from an early age, but has only been producing in the studio for three years. He studied Music Technology at ‘A’ Level before moving onto the London College of Music to gain a degree.
Heavily influenced by the progressive sound, he was inspired by early Sasha and John Digweed sets, then later making regular visits to ‘Tyrant’ at The Bomb in Nottingham and listening to Sasha, Lee Burridge, and Craig Richards working up their tech-house, progressive, and breakbeat sets. Ben rarely misses Digweed’ night ‘Bedrock’ at Heaven in London. “At the moment I find that progressive house and breaks are at the cutting edge of Dance Music, constantly pushing the boundaries forward and providing inspiration”.
Ben releases records under his own name for Fire Recordings, and also under the aliases Sunscape and Gradient. He is now looking to expand his Djing career – including a new residency at ‘Koosh’ which takes place monthly at ‘The Electrowerkz’ club in London. He also plans to spend more time in the studio producing and remixing. He has recently remixed Danny Tenaglia and Cass n Slide for Fire Recordings, as well as starting up his own label ‘Kubist Recordings’ with partner Chris Dee.
His first single on Fire Recordings was “So Strong” featuring Adele Holness which proved to be a huge record, landing itself on seven compilations including Dave Seaman’ Rennaisance, Pete Tong’ Clubber’ Bible part 2, and Deep Dish’ Yoshiesque. The track also received plays on Pete Tong’ Essential Selection for four consecutive weeks as well as making the number one spot on the US Dance Billboard Charts.
However, this is merely the beginning. Ben is full of ideas and huge amounts of enthusiasm. “It may sound cliched, but music is my life, and I am deeply passionate about it. I have many goals to reach in terms of my production and the standard of music that I would like to be writing, but I am determined to achieve so much more”.