Royal Sapien is New York City-based producer and DJ, Ben Mautner.
Originally hailing from Cincinnati, Ben quickly embraced the midwest rave community and began DJing at age 12. By 14, he was spinning at parties and organizing events of his own.
The Royal Sapien nom de musique came about in 2001 when Ben started focusing intently on producing dance music. An early mashup of Kosheen’s “Catch” with Ferry Corsten’s “Punk” was actually picked up by a label and released as a very limited edition vinyl, selling out almost instantly. Another bootleg breaks remix of Iio’s “Rapture” caught the attention of a Florida-based label who issued a limited edition bootleg that reached #1 on Satellite Records’ breaks chart and sold out in a week.
Royal Sapien soon moved on to more high profile remixes for the likes of Oxyd Records in Italy. The remixes of Salt Pervert’s “5am Soho” reached #1 on the DMC Buzz Chart. Now, five albums and over three hundred productions later, he is planning dozens more releases on his own Olaris Records and other labels alike.
Royal Sapien mixed the Fade Records compilation Audio Tour 2 with Chris Fortier, a retrospective of Fade and sister label FDS, released to critical acclaim in May 2007 and garnering five dancing men from DMC Update. Royal Sapien productions have been played around the world by Chris Fortier, Jimmy Van M, Hybrid, Hernan Cattaneo, Jondi and Spesh, D:Fuse, Chloe, and dozens of other top-flight DJs. Look for Royal Sapien releases on Olaris, Oxyd, Fade, Proton Music, Looq, Frisky Records, Particles, Polytechnic, Elektrotribe, Toes In the Sand, Arctic Wave, Qaitek, Jetlag Digital, and many other fine labels.
At the moment Ben is planning DJ dates around the world to spread his unique fusion of all beats electronic. He has been featured on John Digweed’s Transitions on Kiss100, the Transitions Podcast, XM Satellite Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, Proton Radio, Frisky Radio, the Balance Record Pool Show, Global Scum paired with Dave Seaman, and many other broadcasts. He hosts Royal Sounds, a monthly two hour show on Proton Radio, in addition to his monthly show Movement on Frisky Radio that explores progressively eclectic sounds. The free Royal Sapien Podcast can be found in the iTunes Music Store.