San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
From early formative days earning his stripes
spinning hip hop, house and rave on pirate
radio, and at parties around Essex and East
London, through the 90’s as an ever more in
demand DJ, and on into the new millennium as
a label boss, producer and internationally
recognised techno legend in his own right, Ben
Sims has spent all his conscious life exploring
all facets of underground dance music
Throughout that time, the man has honed his
reputation as a tight, energetic mixer who
skilfully weaves together his own distinctive
blend of tough funk and hardgrooves, often
using three-deck wizardry and plenty of dexterity. Be it at clubs like Fabric London, Atomic Jam,
Berghain, Florida 135, or any number of festivals around the world, Sims’ sets are powerful,
memorable, and unique, while constantly pushing the boundaries of a DJ set – utilising a
mesmerizing blend of vinyl, CDs, and software.
As well as carving a reputation as one of the world’s leading techno DJs, Ben has curated many of
his own revered labels over the years. Chief amongst them is Theory – an imprint this year
celebrating it’s 40th release, that counts amongst it’s supporters contemporary connoisseurs like
Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, and the old guard of Dave Clarke, Robert Hood, Rolando and more -
proof, then, that Sims is on the form of his life production wise.
Riding high on the wave of critical acclaim from his cultured debut long player on Drumcode, 2011’s
Smoke & Mirrors, an album that voyages into Sim’s unique take on techno, coupled with authentic
house outings, thanks to guest appearances from Chicago's Tyree Cooper and Detroit's Blake
Baxter, whilst also showcasing plenty of dubbed-out and grainy textures.
Sims has put his name to more than 50 releases in the last two decades. During those years, there
has also been a steady stream of high profile remixes of scene heavyweights, including Jeff Mills,
Adam Beyer, Kevin Saunderson and Chris Liebing, on labels du jour like AXIS, KMS, CLR and
Drumcode, all of which have won as much critical praise as they have crossover success.
Despite his veteran status in the scene, Sims has always been keen to evolve. Alongside Kirk
Degiorgio, he is co-founder & curator of Machine - a clubnight which focuses on new, unreleased, &
upfront music; it’s primary home in London, but with editions all across Europe each year. Ben also
hosts Sims & Friends events and stages at top clubs and festivals across Europe. Such shows
incorporate Killa Productions sets with long time associate Paul Mac and feature regular
appearances from like-minded talents such as Surgeon and others.
Quite simply, if you know techno, you know Ben Sims.