Ben Hoo

House, techno and downtempo - London-based producer Ben Hoo’s electronic beats draw on all of these sounds and more to craft a classy style of dance music. After years of tinkering in bedroom studios and DJIng in basements, he landed remixes for the likes of Moby, Fever Ray and Tiga and never looked back. His first artist album is out on Get Physical’s sub-label Kindisch. M spent 30 Seconds with Ben to find out more…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 28 Jun 2013
  • min read
What do Fever Ray, Moby, M.A.N.D.Y vs Booka Shade and Tiga all have in common?

As well as being some of the most prominent artists working within the sphere of electronic music, all of these music makers have been remixed by London-based producer Ben Hoo.

Being asked to musically touch these artists up would be something to shout about for any musician but to do so before you’ve even released any original material is even more impressive. It’s a measure of the high regard Ben’s talent is held in.

But this dance music artist is no newcomer to the party. He’s been working with bleeps and beats for some time, tinkering in bedroom studios, DJing at parties and constantly working on refining and polishing his craft. And over the last few years it looks like all the hard work appears to be paying off. He’s now a remixer in demand and increasingly a producer of intriguing dance music which takes in everything from full on club energy to more down-tempo styles.

Hoo does much to draw the musical dots between the nightlife of the UK and Germany with music which is sophisticated without being too coffee table, yet doesn’t mind getting its boots dirty on the dancefloor. The most substantial example of Ben Hoo's sonic explorations to date has recently arrived with Collected, a 12-track compilation that will see release through Get Physical sub-label, Kindisch. M caught up with Ben for 30 Seconds to find out more…

I first started writing music because…
I needed to explore new sounds and textures for myself

I have been making music since…
2004 seriously (although tinkering for many years before that)

My music is…
A melting pot of electronic styles, with a focus on sound design and manipulation.

You'll like my music if you listen to...
Deep and emotive, aesthetic electronic music

My favourite venue is…
Berghain, Berlin

Music is important because…
It brings like minded people together and makes people dance!

My biggest inspiration is…
Hybrid

My dream collaboration would be…
Nitin Sawhney

To try me out, listen to…
Marea, Maledictum, Collected, and my remix of Moby's Pale Horses

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Sad

In 10 years time I want to be...
Happy

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