Ben Soundscape started producing his first beats at 17. It was around that time he started listening to Fabio & Grooverider’s seminal Radio 1 show, and got the bug straightaway.
Danny C was the first to notice him, signing Ben for the debut release on Blue Box back in 2002, under his first alias ‘First Light’. Soon after, Ben formed a duo with friend Joe Wills called The Insiders. Together they would draw influences from everything from soul, funk and jazz to house, techno and film soundtracks, and go on to release material on some of the greatest labels in the scene. Ben has produced tracks for Creative Source, Renegade Recordings, Metalheadz, 31 Records, Frontline, Defunked, Breakbeat Science, Nu Directions, Good Looking Records (as Catch 22) and Blue Box.
Ben started his own club night, Intrigue, back in 2003 at an intimate venue in Bristol. His vision was inspired by the Swerve nights in London – quality, forward thinking music in a small club. A great atmosphere, solid sound system and open minded crowd were important qualities he had to build for years. Fast forward to the present, and Intrigue has become a firmly established and highly successful fixture on the drum & bass calendar.
The next step for Ben was to start his own label, Intrigue Music, which was formed in 2009 as an outlet for the deeper side of drum & bass. With the quality of music the label continues to release, it’s no wonder Intrigue Music attracts major attention and support from both DJs, heads and the press alike.
Ben continues to refine his own style as Ben Soundscape while also regularly working with fellow collaborators RoyGreen & Protone, Randall, Bachelors of Science and SMP. He is also part of new outfit Mosaic.
Collette Warren is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Birmingham, with influences from Motown, jazz, reggae and soul, funk, 90′s R&B and disco. She has been singing from a very young age, thanks to growing up in a musical family.
In 2007 she moved to London to follow her long-held dream of becoming an artist, and was quickly noticed by MC Tali, who asked her to join her live jazz band as a backing singer. This was an amazing experience, giving her the confidence she needed and allowing her the opportunity to play such legendary venues as Ronnie Scott’s and the Jazz Café. She continued working closely with Tali until 2012, performing at Sun & Bass and a major festival in New Zealand. Since then, she has begun to make a name for herself as a solo artist, performing all over the world including North America, South America and all over Europe and the UK.
In recent times Collette has been focusing on writing and recording new vocal material for many of the drum & bass scene’s leading producers including Skeptical, Calibre, DJ Marky, Random Movement, Quadrant & Iris, Philth, FD, Ben Soundscape, Roygreen & Protone, Riya, Emperor, L-Side, Ink, The Insiders, Break, Utah Jazz,
Mr Joseph, Klute& Facing Jinx.
After being a raver and dedicated d&b fan for over 18 years, Collette is now firmly establishing herself as a talented artist, and living her dream. And after the success of her debut EP ‘Hidden Lines’ on Innerground Records, she is now working on her next one, so look out for that!