From opening the main stage at the Glade festival, winning the ‘Best Breaks Dj’ award at this years South West Drum & Bass / Breaks Awards to their fortnightly Breakspoll nominated Bass Music radio show and running their own record label, Ben & Lex could be the busiest boys in Bass Music. Since pairing up at the end of the last century, the Westcountry DJ duo have rocked dance floors all over the world, but at least they found some time to tell us why they are looking forward to Glade this year.
Where are you right now and what have you been up to?
We're currently in the studio working on some brand new bizzle as we speak!
Is there anything you know now that you wished you known at the start of your music career?
Not really I don't think. Everyone finds their own way of dealing with the ups & downs of a music career.
What is your top tip for someone starting out as a producer / DJ?
Stick to your guns really, musically & personally and do what you want to do and not what others think you should.
Who are your ones to watch this year across any genre?
I think the Black Butter crew like RackNRuin & Hostage etc are going to blow up even more this year than they did. Woz from that camp is definitely a bright young star. More close to home, our Ape Famalam 601 have had a wicked year with releases on Aquasky's Passenger Label and Jay Cunnings Sub Slayers that have received a lot of love from the big boys.
What is your favourite festival moment ever?
We'd have to say probably playing just before Freq Nasty on the Glade stage for our first ever set at Glastonbury and the place going nuts! Pretty special memories of that set. Not sure what happened the rest of that night though if I'm honest.
What can we expect from you in 2012?
2012 has got plenty of treats from us in store - new singles, an LP in the making, some big collaborations. Keep your eyes peeled!
What is your favourite Glade memory?
Probably our opening sets on the main stage on the Fridays. They are always a proper chuckle, including the legendary 5 hour marathon solo set by Benny when I couldn't get in due to the entire county being underwater at the time and my car blowing up as a result haha...Still....I had a nice afternoon in the pub round the corner.
What makes Glade different to other festivals?
I think probably its attitude really (or lack there of, more to the point) and its massive repping of all electronic music and not just what's fashionable that day or week. The size helps, you can actually make it to the other side of the site before the set you want to see has finished! I guess most of all the massively weird & wonderful people that go each year too. Wouldn't be the same without them!
What are you most looking forward to about this years Festival?
Really looking forward to our Beatz n Bobz day in the BASSMENT with our best buddies Pyramid & Jay Cunning, that will be epic! But also what the Glade is best for, just wandering around in the middle of the night and randomly discovering some awesome set that you had no idea was happening.
Our surprise label hit of this year! PROPER electro vibes!
Ape famalam 601 dropping the RAGE on Jay cunnings unstoppable Sub Slayers imprint. BIG!
Our Spanish homeys bringing some heavy 140 tearout on our label!!
Our man dem Million Dan going in harrrrd on a joint off the new Rusko LP
One of our fave remixes we've done of late..EPIC jungley badman bizzle on the ever excellent Riot Riot Broken Records!!
My boys Inchie & Scotty can do no wrong at the moment and this has not left the bag since we got it! Big things from these two granny botherers this year! Watch out!
Monster dubstep refix of Terry's steppy original..Goes off!!
Myself & Terry Hooligans wonkyhop alter ego pon de remix of Spectrum head man Pete Jordan & Santero.
Another classic that has never left the wax sack since we got it..BAD as fook dubby jungle.
Probably the COOLEST remix of us EVER. Bao & ID prove that the simple ideas are the best in this secret rave weapon!
Ben & Lex are playing at Glade Electronic Arts Festival which takes places between 14-17th June at Houghton Hall.
For more info and tickets click here!