Interview: @Ben Prophet
Born into Ireland’s bustling party scene, Ben Prophet has been surrounded by music from an early age. Initially focusing his production around the brassy sounds of bassline which would act as the foundations of his musical journey, before turning his hand to the darker shades of electronica.
After relocating to Newcastle; one of the UK’s underground music hubs, Ben’s fine-tuned style has garnered global attention. Continued support from heavyweight artists including Mall Grab, Skream, VTSS, & HAAi has kept him firmly in the limelight, with no signs of his upward trajectory slowing down.
His instantly recognisable sound merges gritty, piercing drums with mechanical sounding vocals and percussion to form a raucous blend of techno-induced beats.
After the release of his hotly anticipated ‘Hyper Funk EP’ in February 2022, the gates to his sought after productions have opened. A slew of further releases are set to drop in the coming months, unveiling the long-awaited track IDs on everyone’s lips.
When behind the booth, unhinged basslines, shapeshifting synths and skillfully layered samples are a common theme in his high-energy sets which have left ravers around the UK and further afield burning holes in the dance floor.
We recently caught up with the Irish legend to talk about his career as an artist!
Q & A:
Question 1: When did the drive to start mixing/producing & being involved in Dance music be a big thing for you in your life?
A: Having been surrounded by dance music all my life with my mum and dad being avid rave goers before i was born the sound was kind of drilled into my ears from the early days. Mixing was the start of it and i properly delved myself into production during lockdown to form the unique sound that i stick with today.
Question 2: Who has given you the drive to get where you are today?
A: I would saw the support from my family and friends, it’s honestly non stop from them and i couldn’t be surrounded by more supportive people in my life! Of course i have to give a very special thank you to HAAi who basically gave me the first push in my career and continues to push me in the right direction to become a successful artist.
Question 3: What is your favourite track you have ever produced?
A: This is always a tough question, I feel like you’re asking a mother to tell you which one of her children she loves the most haha. I think i would probably have to saw either the transition, which i know people are waiting extremely patiently for and i promise i’m gonna do my best to get it out to you guys as soon as possible. I also have an EP on the way on one of my bucket list labels so all of those are absolute belters and i can’t wait to get them out to all of you.
Question 4: What is the main focus right now in your music career?
A: Honestly my main focus is that as i’m climbing the ladder, my friends are too. We are all helping eachother get to the top and that’s how it goes. People like Boo who’s one of my best friends and easily one of the most well driven, hardworking artists i’ve ever come across, that name will be on everyone’s lips by mid 2023.
Question 5: Being from Ireland how is the scene over there? Can you explain what it's like playing there?
A: Irelands scene is amazing, its easily the most supportive music scene that ive ever seen. there is such a lovely bunch of incredibly talented artists that i am also extremely lucky to be able to call my close pals! massive shouts to GES and Riot Code to name a couple <3.
Question 6: Do you ever plan on coming to AUS I know you're a big fan of the likes of Oots & Stum would you have them support you?
A: Ah yes, the trip down under is definitely on the books for late next year! it’s gonna be a dream come true being able to get over there and experience the buzz that ive been seeing from the boys for the past few months! Oots & Stum are the goats, there’s a big fat b3b on the cards when i come down there 100%
Question 7: All Time fav track?
A: This is always a fun question, i think it varies but one track that i always find myself going back to is Portishead - Roads! it’s one of those tracks my mum used to play and i think portishead overall shaped my sound in many ways
Question 8: What is one piece of advice you can give to someone just starting in the industry?
A: To be honest just be kind to people, be humble and supportive and just be an overall pleasant person!
Question 9: Name your style in 5 words?
A: Gritty, Wonky, Headache-inducing, K hole-enhancing, Headbanging
Question 10: What is your dream & do you think you can achieve it one day?
A: My dream is to make sure i can support my mum without her having a worry in the world and to make sure i can fund her retirement as that’s the reason why i thrive to do well in music and yes i will achieve that dream, sooner rather than later.
Question 11: I know you have never been to Aus before but do you feel like there is a difference in the music scene between Irl/EUR & AUS?
A: I think the scenes are very similar in lots of ways and very different in others, i think we both are extremely lucky to be surrounded by such amazing artists and a ridiculous amount of talent!
Here is the link to Ben's most recent EP "Hyperfunk"
You can also find Ben on his social media handles below!
Soundcloud: @Ben Prophet
Spotify: Ben Prophet