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Birth name Benoit Heitz
Born 1985 (age 31–32)
Genres French house, electro house, chiptune
Years active 2006-present
Labels Institubes, Marble, Ed Banger, EMI Music Japan
Associated acts Bobmo, The Highpowered Boys

Benoit Heitz (born 1985), known by his stage name Surkin, is a French house/Electro house DJ and producer. He gained attention with his releases on the French Institubes music label. In 2011 he launched the record label Marble along with Para One and Bobmo.[1]

Surkin released his first album “USA” late 2011,[2] which was called by dance magazine Mixmag “one of the most exciting concept albums of the 21st century”.[3] The album is heavily influenced by Detroit techno, 80's electro and Chicago House, featuring vocals by Ann Saunderson (from Inner City) and Marshall Jefferson collaborator Kevin Irving.[4]

In 2013, Surkin made music for fashion brand Kenzo[5] and worked with M.I.A on her fourth album, Matangi co-producing its first single titled Bring the Noize.[6][7]

Heitz was born in southern France, and is now located in Paris.



  • M.I.A. - Bring The Noize (2013, Interscope)


  • Action Replay (2007, Institubes/Klee)
  • USA (2011, Marble/Ed Banger/EMI Japan)
  • USA Club Mixes (2012, Marble)

EP and singles[edit]

  • Ghetto Obsession (2006, Institubes)
  • Play Do / I Joke On You (2006, Arcade Mode)
  • Radio Fireworks (2006, Institubes)
  • Fireworks Refired (2007, Institubes)
  • Next of Kin (2008, Institubes)
  • Next of Kin, Mark II (2008, Institubes)
  • Silver Island (2010, Institubes)
  • Fan Out Remixes (2010, Institubes)
  • Ultra Light (2011, Marble)
  • Lose Yourself (2012, Marble)
  • I Want You Back (with Todd Edwards) (2012, Sound Pellegrino)
  • Advanced Entertainment System (2013, Marble)


Year Artist Title Label
2005 M.I.A. "Sunshowers" (Surkin vs. M.I.A.) Institubes
2006 Para One "Epiphanie Teaser" (Surkin Megamixx) Institubes
Para One "Midnight Swim" (Surkin Drowning Mix) Institubes
2007 Boys Noize "Don't Believe the Hype"
(Surkin Remix No. 1) & (Surkin Remix No. 2)
Boysnoize Records
Chromeo "Fancy Footwork" (Surkin Rogue Teens Remix) Vice/Turbo
DJ Mehdi "Lucky Boy" Ed Banger Records
Foals "Hummer" Transgressive Records
Goose "Low Mode" (Surkin Mode) Skint Records
Justine Electra "Killalady" City Slang
Kate Wax "Catch the Buzz" Mental Groove Records
Klaxons "Golden Skans" Because Music
Paul Johnson "Hot" Blackjack
Spencer Parker "Open Your Eyes" Cr2 Records
Teki Latex feat. Lio "Les Matins de Paris" Virgin
VHS or BETA "Burn It All Down" Astralwerks
Yuksek "Composer" Relish Recordings
2008 Justice "DVNO" Ed Banger Records
Nacho Lovers "Acid Life" Scion Audio/Visual
2009 The Juan Maclean "One Day" DFA
Street Fighter IV "Bionic Commando"
2011 Canblaster "Totem" (Surkin 'Gravity' Edit) Marble
2012 Mademoiselle Yulia "Bam Me" EMI Music Japan
Drop the Lime "Bandit Blues" Ultra Records
Usher "Scream" RCA
M.I.A. "Bad Girls"
2013 Kavinsky "Odd Look" Mercury
2014 Charli XCX "Boom Clap" Atlantic


  1. ^ "Surkin, Bobmo, and Para One Unveil New Marble Imprint, XLR8R". 25 March 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  2. ^ - Surkin readies debut album, USA
  3. ^ Mixmag, December 2011. Album Of The Month “Surkin - USA”
  4. ^ "Surkin - USA Review Clash Magazine". 28 November 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  5. ^ KENZO Spring-Summer 2013 "Tiger Fever" on YouTube. Music and Sound Design by Surkin
  6. ^ "M.I.A's 'Bring the Noize' - The Dynamo Return, NME". 18 June 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "M.I.A. Releases First 'Matangi' Single, 'Bring The Noize'". 18 June 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 

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