South of Houston
Journey has been long and fun-filled, encompassing many different cities, countries, crowds and genres.
The mid to late 1990’s as a student in Southampton found him playing US house & Garage and early UK Garage alongside the likes of Jason Kaye, Norris Windross and Frankie Foncett and Friday nights playing alongside, a then young, James Zabiela. The early 2000’s saw him organising and DJing parties in pre-hipster Shoreditch, Kings Cross and Soho – Playing Deep and Soulful House with more than a heavy nod towards Disco, Latin and African influences.
Turnmills, The Ministry of Sound, a year-long residency at Egg, Notting Hill Carnival sound stages, free parties under the Westway, and a derth of bars, clubs, pubs, basements and spaces across the capital all saw Ben GC’s bag of records in action throughout those heady ‘big smoke’ years. And, let’s not forget the warehouse parties in Germany!
Following ‘retirement’ to Brighton in 2005 it didn’t take Ben long to find his feet playing smaller and more intimate gigs but always with an emphasis on the party – even if there’s only 20 people in the room, we’ll have you dancing please! So, aside from stints in France (running a successful weekly house night with former D&B producer Eveson), Ben has remained in some part present on the Brighton party scene for the past decade seeing in everything from sunshine terrace parties at Above Audio to late night sessions at the Funky Buddha Lounge.
For the past 6 years Ben GC has played at The Fortune of War, running bi-monthly parties for YOU GOT PAPPED (the Brighton magazine that he set up and ran) with long time DJ partner Duncan Disorderly and in more recent times with other half of ‘The Bens’, Ben Monk. ‘The Bens’ parties span everything from Disco, Jazz-Funk, Balearic and Nu Disco right through to fully steam ahead 125bpm+ House and Techno – not afraid to play a classic or a crossover and definitely parked firmly in the not-taking-ourselves-to-seriously zone. That is what you’ll find on the Ben GC show on 1BrightonFM alongside a bit of friendly chat and the occasional guest or two.