The first time we crossed paths with Ben in a professional capacity was in 2015 when we put out his incred Shadow Child collab-track, the summer smash ‘Nothing Ever Hurts feat. Laurel.’ However, we’ve been a fan of his for years.
To many, Ben Pearce’s name is synonymous with ‘What I Might Do’, his anthemic deep-house debut that dominated club floors across the world in 2012. Whilst this is an easy correlation to make (the track went platinum in Europe, reached #7 in the UK charts and was the most Shazamed tracked of 2013 in the UK), those who have followed him since the beginning can testify that he is so much more than that.
Ben is very much an underground DJ first-and-foremost, aided in no small part by his vast musical knowledge and the ability to play across a wide range of musical genres. His skills behind the decks have not gone un-noticed, as shown by high-profile sets alongside the likes of Simian Mobile Disco, Tensnake and Claptone.
On the rise, Ben was named DJ Mag’s Best Breakthrough Producer in 2013 and in the following year further proved that he’s deserving of the coveted award. Becoming increasingly known for his remixing abilities as well as his own original productions, remixing for Le Youth, Kwabs and Tender Games all in 2014. He collaborated with Black Orange Juice ‘Predictable’ for MTA, a soulfully smooth single that equally showcases lyrical flair and production talent, as well as release the underground club infused ‘Lego’ EP on his own label.
Alongside a hectic touring schedule, Ben has also provided remixes for the likes of IYES and Hayden James on ‘Something About You’ in 2015, as well as standout collaborative record ’Nothing Ever Hurts’ with Shadow Child and featuring vocalist Laurel – a track that reinforced Ben’s penchant for blending astute melody with peak-time bass.
Ben also successfully runs his own label imprint Purp & Soul which has celebrated its 12th release with regular artist showcases and releases. After a massive couple of years, Ben has shown that he’s not one to rest on his laurels; touring throughout 2016, Ben also found the time to produce the bulk of four EPs due to be released on Different throughout 2017.