The James Milner of 1BTN
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Ben GC brings the melting pot of all things groove-based from the past and the present. One foot seemingly stuck in 80s boogie, funk and afro the other tip-tapping around house and techno old and new – 1975 mixed with 2019 on the reg!
Spanning well over two decades, his DJing journey began in the mid to late 1990’s playing US house & Garage alongside the likes of Jason Kaye, Norris Windross and Frankie Foncett and Friday nights playing with a young and unknown, 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 00’s. And, let’s not forget the warehouse parties in Germany!
Following a move to Brighton in the late 00’s, it didn’t take Ben long to find his feet playing smaller and more intimate gigs but always with an emphasis on the party, remaining 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, regular parties 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 Paterson. Still running his ‘South of Houston’ parties, first started in 2001, on the south coast every month. Festival appearances across England and France in the past couple of years (including closing the 1BTN stage at 2018’s Alfresco festival) and residencies in both countries, supported by regular radio shows on 1BTN mean Ben is DJing possibly more than ever before despite feeling his age (we’re told).