Benji Boko

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Benji Boko
Birth name Benjamin Gordon
Born 5 October 1986 (1986-10-05) (age 27)
Origin Brighton, Sussex
Genres electronic, alternative, Hip-Hop
Instruments Ableton Live, Serato, Akai MPC, Korg Kaoss Pad, Korg PadKontrol, Behringer BCF2000
Years active 2008 – Present
Labels Tru Thoughts
Associated acts Fatboy Slim, Chromeo, DJ Shadow, Chiddy Bang, Rizzle Kicks, Beardyman, Foreign Beggars, Little Dragon, Roots Manuva
Website http://www.benjiboko.com[dead link]

Benjamin Gordon (born 5 October 1986), known professionally as Benji Boko, is an English DJ and producer famous for his unique live remixes and highly energetic shows. Originally from Brighton, Benji Boko has been building popularity and a global fan base over the past few years playing shows all around the country notably playing the midnight slot at the O2 Arena's New Year's Eve party in 2010.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Benji grew up in Brighton, East Sussex, where he continues to live. He first started to get interested in remixing from a young age when he used to store TV theme tunes on his computer and tried to mix them into each other. It was when he heard DJ Yoda for the first time that he realised that someone else was doing the same thing which convinced him to continue to explore and improve his style of mixing.[2] When he was 18, Benji bought his first turntables and began to enhance his live mixing skills at friend’s house parties in Brighton and eventually hassling clubs and promoters to allow him to play.[3]

In 2008 Benji Boko moved to Leeds to attend Leeds College of Music where he continued to experiment with live mixing. He managed to get a regular DJ slot at HIFI, a club in Leeds, which is popular with students in the area. He played there for three years where he continued to experiment and improve his live mixing ability.[4] In 2011 he graduated from Leeds College of Music and returned to his home city of Brighton and Hove where he used what he learnt in his three years in Leeds and continued to DJ playing at some of Brighton's big venues such as Coalition.

Late 2010 saw Benji Boko sign to the independent Brighton based label Tru-Thoughts. After being signed to Tru-Thoughts,[5] Benji Boko played a midnight slot to 17,000 people at the London O2 Arena for a new years party. Here he played alongside Deadmau5, Justice and Calvin Harris. This performance grabbed the attention of top Radio DJs such as Zane Lowe and Rob da Bank from BBC Radio 1 who were quoted as saying "What Benji does Live is really unique".[6]

Beats, Treats & All Things Unique[edit]

Benji Boko released his debut album “Beats, Treats & All Things Unique” on Tru-Thoughts in June 2011. This album saw Benji collaborate with Maxi Jazz of Faithless and Ricky Rankin of Roots Manuva.[7] The album gained positive reviews with BBC Music review stating "Boko expressed an impressive breadth of imagination when it comes to trying out different genres and ideas”.[8] The first single released off the album was "Where My Heart Is" which featured MC Maxi Jazz who was famous for being the lead vocals for the Electronica band Faithless. Since his debut album release, Benji has been continually supported by the likes of Radio 1 and MOBO who described him as “someone who breaks the mould".[9]

Releases and remixes[edit]

When Benji Boko is not performing live shows he is mixing and remixing material. He has managed to build a formidable catalogue of remix’s for many different artists such as Roots Manuva, Fatboy Slim, Chiddy Bang, Rizzle Kicks, Kidda, Pixie Lott, Beardyman, Nelly Furtado, Little Dragon and more. The remix he did for Little Dragon has been one of his most successful remixes reaching number 4 on the worldwide hypemachine charts last year.[10]

Festivals and live performances[edit]

Benji Boko is known for his completely improvised live remixes, which he describes as “Completely improvised, off the cuff, live remixing”. This, and his highly energetic style, has led to a global fan base. His live shows has gained him critical acclaim from many other DJ's such as DJ Yoda and Rob da Bank.[11]

Since 2010 Benji Boko has become a regular on the UK festival scene playing shows at Bestival, Glastonbury, V Festival, Secret Garden Party and more.

2012 saw Benji Boko embark on a one month long tour of Asia where he visited Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Viral video[edit]

Late 2012 Benji Boko performed an impromptu rave in the heart of Piccadilly Circus. It was similar to a flash mob where a van pulled up and a crew pulled out the equipment and set it up on the steps of the Shaftesbury memorial fountain. Before many tourists and party goers had a chance to realise what was going on, Benji Boko stepped up to the decks and conducted a full set which created a mini rave reaching all the way back to the entrance to Piccadilly Circus tube station. The stunt was filmed for a promotional video titled 'Piccadilly Rave' and can be seen on YouTube. Unfortunately the original video had to be taken down by YouTube but has since been re uploaded.[12]


Discography[edit]

Singles and E.P's[edit]

TRACK TITLE RECORD LABEL RELEASE DATE
The Jungle V.I.P. Wax On Records 29/4/2008
Kudos Wax On Records 29/4/2008
Take A Look Around You (Benji Boko Remix) Wax On Records 9/7/2008
Perhaps (Original Mix) Wax On Records 5/5/2009
Beautiful feat. Yarah Bravo (Benji Boko Remix) - DJ Vadim & The Electric OGS 5/12/2010
Glider (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 23/5/2011
Where My Heart Is feat. Maxi Jazz (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 23/5/2011
Toot Toot (Benji Boko Remix) - DJ Vadim & The Electric OGS 5/6/2011
Moo Juice (Benji Boko & BOY COM Remix Vocal) - Renegades of Jazz Muto 27/6/2011
Moo Juice (Benji Boko & BOY COM Remix Dub) - Renegades of Jazz Muto 27/6/2011
Wanna Be Loved (Benji Boko Remix) - Kidda Skint Records 25/7/2011
Glider (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 10/10/2011
Cheating With You (Benji Boko Remix) - The Correspondents The Correspondents 7/11/2011
What Do You Take Me For (Benji Boko Remix) - Pixie Lott Mercury Records LTD. 11/11/2011
One More Night (Benji Boko Remix) - Maroon 5 A&M/Octone Records 26/10/2012

Albums[edit]

ALBUM TITLE TRACK TITLE RECORD LABEL RELEASE DATE
Beats, Treats & All Things Unique
Touch The Ceiling With Your Toes (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Outro feat. Mr. Loius (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Lights (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Supernova (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Have A Little Tired Time (Skit) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Slow Junkie (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Take A Stand (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Moveaboutalot (Skit) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Charuuna (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Benji Bolognese (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
No.1 Sound feat. Ricky Rankin (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
A Big Star From Nuffink (Skit) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Skrew That! (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
The Eagle feat. Deuce Eclipse (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Bokomainia (Instrumental) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
I Had A Dream (Mini Obama - Skit) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Where My Heart Is feat. Maxi Jazz (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Glider (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
Intro feat. Mr. Louis (Original Mix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 20/6/2011
No.1 Sound
No. 1 Sound (Benji Boko's Jump Up Re-Rub) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 23/4/2012
No. 1 Sound feat. Ricky Hankin (Hint Remix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 23/4/2012
No. 1 Sound feat. Ricky Hankin (Beta Hector Remix) - Benji Bok Tru Thoughts 23/4/2012
No. 1 Sound feat. Ricky Hankin (Kidda Remix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 23/4/2012
No. 1 Sound feat. Ricky Hankin (BOY COM Remix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 23/4/2012
No. 1 Sound feat. Ricky Hankin (DJ Hadj Remix) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 23/4/2012
No. 1 Sound (Benji Boko's Jump Up Re-Rub Instrumental) - Benji Boko Tru Thoughts 23/4/2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ NME article, http://www.nme.com/nme-video/youtube/id/_PSN0kGk4T0
  2. ^ Guilfest Interview, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB4okqTiHRc
  3. ^ Hit the Floor Interview, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDPVfeD-oRo
  4. ^ Guilfest Interview, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB4okqTiHRc
  5. ^ Club Cuts TV, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr6EfZX1zAg
  6. ^ Last FM Bio, http://www.last.fm/music/Benji+Boko/+wiki
  7. ^ Tru Thoughts, http://www.tru-thoughts.co.uk/artists/benji-boko
  8. ^ BBC Music, http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/z6zb
  9. ^ Mobo Reviews, http://mobo.com/news-blogs/album-review-benji-boko-beats-treats-all-things-unique
  10. ^ Brighton Festival, http://www.brightonfreshtival.com/news/saturday-night-headliners
  11. ^ Brighton Source, http://brightonsource.co.uk/clubs/interview-benji-boko/
  12. ^ Piccadilly Rave https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8oWJpojY94

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