Interview with Ben Coda
Described as ‘England’s finest progressive house export’, DJ, producer and remixer Ben Coda has now firmly established himself as one of the most exciting talents in the UK dance music scene. Since his first release at the end of 2008, Ben’s unique blend of tech and progressive house has picked up massive support worldwide.
Ben has worked with some of the most influential and well-known labels around, including Unreleased Digital, Black Hole, Baroque, Whartone, Weekend Music, Lowbit, Enormous Tunes, MC/Groove and Inkfish. The list of DJ’s supporting Ben’s tunes reads like a who’s who of dance music – Funkagenda, Dave Seaman, Paul Oakenfold, Nick Warren, Roger Sanchez, Hybrid, Sonny Wharton, Daniel Portman, Chris Reece, EDX, Cid Inc and many more…
Ben’s tech-prog sound crosses boundaries – tough beats and rolling basslines contrast with soaring melodies, fusing his love of the tougher sounds of techno and tech house with classic progressive house.
Ben’s tight, energetic DJ sets have rocked crowds worldwide. As well as being a regular in clubs across London and the UK, including the Ministry of Sound, he has DJ’d in a growing list of international destinations. Ben also co-promotes ‘Motek’ one of London’s most exciting new club nights, and has a monthly show on Proton radio, called ‘Connected’.
With an outstanding list of releases behind him, Ben Coda is bound to capture your ear this year… Make sure you don’t miss it!
We are PHW are very pleased to have Ben Coda on board for the second time. So let’s hear whats new!
PHW: Hi there Ben. It’s a pleasure for us here at PHW to have you on board once again. It’s been a while since our last chat. As we carefully follow your work, we saw some cool thing happened in the meanwhile and that’s the reason to have you here once again. To kick off, can you tell us how are things going? What you’ve been doing for the last few months?
Ben Coda: Things are going really well thanks! The past few months have been really busy. As well as London gigs, I’ve been travelling a lot, including gigs in the USA, Canada, France and Jordan, which were all great. Studio-wise, I’ve been really busyworking on loads of new tracks(see question 2 below).
My show on Proton Radio, called ‘Connected’, has been going great, andI’m co-promoting a night in London, called Motek – we hold events every couple of months, we’ve had some crazy parties.
PHW: You’ve been kicking out some really hot remixes lately. You did a really great jobwith “Deliver”, “Sticky” and Aleksey Sonar’s “Flashback”. Can you tell us whats cookin in BenCoda’s digital kitchen atm? Are there any new releases in the pipeline? [Click Continue Reading to Continue Reading]
Ben Coda: It’s a really exciting time for me production-wise, there’s new collab material coming up, including tracks with Ad Brown, Matan Caspi and Re-zone. I’ve got new original tracks on the way for Iboga and Skint Records, and remixes coming up for Echoes, Baroque, Mirabilis, Lowbit and others, so a really good start to the year on the production front. I’m trying to keep the sound fresh and being involved withlots of different labelsmeans I can work with different sounds and styles, from tech house/techno through to prog.
PHW: Do you find your own “evolvingline” with Ben Coda’s sound? Do you know where is it going?
Ben Coda: As my new releases feed through you’ll hear my sound evolving, I’m stripping them back and working on tunes to rock the dancefloor, without losing the essence of my sound – there are still progressive elements, but I’ve found it’s important to balance that with more rolling techy tracks and sounds. I always have a direction that I’m working towards musically, but it is also influenced by external factors:reactions at gigs, feedback from people, a new synth or piece of kit… so it does evolve naturally as well.
PHW: I think you’ve had a great privilege to be remixed by such superstars like Dinka(with “Timeless”) and Michael Cassette (with “Brighton Rocks”). How do you feel about that?
Ben Coda: I’ve had some really great remixers work on my tracks, as well as Dinka and Michael Cassette artists like Steve Haines, Re-Zone, Matan Caspi, Magitman, Q.U.A.K.E. and others … its always great to get a remix back and hear a different interpretation of the original and to work with all those guys is awesome.
PHW: London is a worldwide acclaimed night-life and club capital. If one town in this world is tobe connected with progressive house music I think that would be London. Can you tell us first-hand how the things are standing with the scene there?
Ben Coda: The scene in London is so diverse, we’ve got a lot of really good events going on, but progressive houseis a pretty underground sound at the moment. There’s definitely a strong community of artists and DJs, but again it’s pretty varied – I mix with people who play and make all different styles of music, which I think is a really healthy thing. The diversity in the scene is great from my point of view as a DJ, as I don’t have to be locked into one genre, and I can mix up different styles of music depending on the event, crowd and time of night I’m playing.
At Motek we play across the board, from deep house right through to techno and prog, and that’s ‘progressive’ for me, music that is programmed well and that takes the crowd somewhere over the space of the night, rather than the same style/genre all night.The crowd in London is pretty open-minded so we have the room to be able to do that, and work with different styles of music all under the same hat.
PHW: Beside your producing story, how’s your DJ career going? I see some nice locations scheduledhere: Russia, Portugal, Sweden … Any particular event you especially look forward to?
Ben Coda: The DJing is going really well! There’s loads of cool gigs coming up -as well as the ones you’ve mentioned a couple of highlights would be the Motek first birthday party on 6 April, which should be a great party, and I’m playing at a festival called Gladein June on the Liquid outdoor stage. Glade is the top dance music festival in the UK, so I’m really excited to be playing there.
PHW: What are your plans for this year?
Ben Coda: This year the focus is on moving my sound forward through the production and DJing. I’ve got plans to put together a live show, which I’m working on at the moment, and really to carry on with the busy gig schedule and putting on great parties.
PHW: Any last shout outs to PHW followers?
Ben Coda: Thanks for all the support over the last few years, it really means a lot!
Thank you for your time Ben. It’s been a pleasure. Hope to see you soon with some moreexciting news! Take care and cheers from PHW crew!
March 9th, 2012