Ben UFO

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Since starting out on pirate radio station Sub FM in 2007, UK pioneer Ben UFO has acquired a deserved reputation as one of contemporary dance music’s most daring and wide-ranging selectors, with his keen ear and razor-sharp technical abilities enabling him to cut between eras, lineages and mixing styles with dazzling ease and fluidity.

Having cut his teeth in early dubstep and drum 'n' bass alongside friends and co-founders of Hessle Audio, Pangea and Pearson Sound, Ben UFO's roots lie in UK rave culture - he remains one of the few DJ's in the UK to have made an impact without a production career to fall back on, and as such his reputation is solely the result of his skill as a selector and as a mixer. As a result he remains in a position to fully explore sounds both old and new, across the worlds of house and garage, dubstep and grime, and further into the past.

Ben perfectly captures the essence of what we want to show here at No Bounds with his fluid and open-minded approach to crossing genre crowds and spanning the nominal divides between undergroung and mainstream while maintaining an infectious warmth and restless love of exploration, allowing him to shape these elements into something rich and unpredictable, interspersing phases of driving momentum with joyful curveballs and ruptures in the flow that jolt you back to your sense - moments, as he describes it, that feel like coming up for air on the dancefloor.

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