It’s been a fascinating journey for Ben Pearce so far; his prowess as a producer has led to an exhaustive list of accolades, plaudits from his peers and idols alike, and taken him around the globe on tour and made him a household name. Lying at the core of his success is a high work ethic, natural talent and a deep knowledge and appreciation of music in all its forms. Ben’s tracks resonate with a broad cross-section of dance music lovers, transmitting emotion while also keeping the dance floor bouncing. As comfortable producing for bands as he is cooking up his own solo productions, Ben is a versatile musician with eclectic tastes and a sophisticated approach to music making. Parallel to his musical artistry, the first-hand experience Ben has gained through countless appearances on the big stage – from Ibiza to Miami, to Amsterdam, Sydney and beyond – has made him a formidable selector. After taking a few months off in late 2016, Ben returned to the business with a fresh perspective, renewed energy and enthusiasm plus a batch of new jams centred around his ‘Ascension’ project.
In the fast-paced world of music, it takes a lot of courage to make the decision to take time out and reflect. Ben’s sabbatical allowed him to take stock of his career so far and realign himself, coming back strong with a new focus. The focal point of his new chapter is the ‘Ascension’ project – a series of EPs based on a story created entirely by Ben himself. During his time off, he channelled his love for writing into the Ascension narrative, a semi-biographical work which has been a great source of creative inspiration for Ben, acting as a catalyst for his subsequent studio sessions. ‘Ascension’ provokes questions about the realities of being a prominent face in the world of music; how do you cut through the sea of ‘noise’ on social media? What is success? How do you maintain a fruitful career? Who do you turn to when you’re not feeling good?
The music is mature, groovy, danceable and representative of an artist who is relishing the opportunity to be free from any preconceptions or self-imposed pressure to live up to expectations. On the first EP he takes us through a cosmic journey, through Earth’s stratosphere and up into the stars. Delicate beats shuffle under mesmerising pads, spine-tingling melodies spark moments of euphoria and uplifting riffs keep spirits high. It’s the first of four EPs in the series and sets out Ben’s stall in a bold, uncompromising manner. Future EPs in the series will touch on the darker side of his experience, together with forays into ambient and other styles of electronica.
2019 Bought him a release on Skint BMG with the superb ‘Fireproof Feat Tayla, A Staple with Mistajam and Pete Tong with over 15 Radio 1 plays. A slew of remixes which Ben never lets down on supported the years output for the likes of, ‘Gotsome’, ‘Weslee’, seminal chillsters ‘Kinobe’ and a project called ‘R Plus’ from none other than Rollo from Faithless. This is getting a re-release in 2020.
As 2020 launches a remix of Hayla’s Naked gets launched in March which precedes his next release on Skint / BMG.
The story is still being written, with Ben’s own cosmic adventure providing the inspiration for his touching new body of work, as he continues to create his own destiny. Join him as he tears up the rulebook, proving that it’s possible to do it your own way, at your own pace and by your own definition of success…