References: Theory, Hardgroove, Drumcode Rec, London
A label boss, producer and internationally recognized techno legend in his own right, Ben Sims has honed his reputation as a tight, energetic mixer who skillfully weaves together his own distinctive blend of tough funk and hardgrooves, often using three-deck wizardry and plenty of dexterity. Ben has curated many of his own revered labels over the years. Chief amongst them is Theory – an imprint this year celebrating its 40th release, that counts amongst its supporters contemporary connoisseurs like Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, and the old guard of Dave Clarke, Robert Hood, Rolando and more - proof, then, that Sims is on the form of his life production wise.
Riding high on the wave of critical acclaim from his cultured debut long player on Drumcode, 2011’s Smoke & Mirrors, Sims has put his name to more than 50 releases in the last two decades. During those years, there has also been a steady stream of high profile remixes of scene heavyweights, including Jeff Mills, Adam Beyer, Kevin Saunderson and Chris Liebing, on labels du jour like AXIS, KMS, CLR and Drumcode, all of which have won as much critical praise as they have crossover success. Quite simply, if you know techno, you know Ben Sims.