If you’re looking for some wicked house music vibes, then look no further than this exclusive premiere from producer, Ben Mono.
The German-born producer has put a fresh spin on Playless’ track, “Hurt.”
Powering up with some major #bassinyourface, this track is a pendulum of momentum infused with garage house riffs and deep house vibes.
This track will be released on Love & Other on February 16th, and Ben Mono is creating some buzz with his new sounds.
I had the oppurtunity to interview Ben and learn more about what influences his production.
Who is Ben Mono?
Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born in the secret German capitol of Disco: Munich.
Q: How did you get into music production?
A: It was all a bit of a random process, first it was me playing in different bands, later an Atari came into play to avoid more discussions with my band-members and suddenly i was traveling as a DJ and producer while i still studied classical music.
Q: Do you believe there is a difference between EDM and House?
A: If so, how do you classify your music? (deep house, future house, progressive, acid, etc)
I think we are sometimes not quite aware of the fact that different music styles trigger different senses. E. g. a Rock song does something totally different to us compared to a classical music piece and some ambient track again has a quite different effect.
So just because EDM and House are both electronic music genres doesn´t mean that they are compareable. No one would say Heavy Metal is similar to Jazz, even if they both use guitars and drums. In my opinion there clearly IS a difference between those genres and that´s why i don´t understand this discussion about “good” and “bad” electronic music.It´s like comparing Apples with Pears or Judas Priest with Joe Pass.
When it comes to my music, i would define it as a UK Garage inspired version of House with little sprinkles of Techno here and there.
Q: What’s the music scene like where you currently live?
I live in Berlin, it´s a city that that lives and breathes Techno. Sometimes it almost feels as if Techno is a higher power with a far bigger relevance and importance than even politics and religion. Here your personal musical style totally decides about whom you will share your time with and who will become your friends – and after all who won´t take you serious at all;)
Q: What music are you working on now?
A: There is just 2 EPs about to come out on Simma Black and MadTech and 2 more remixes are just about to be released on Xylo Music and White Widow from Poland and – exciting times!
Q: I see you have 33k+ followers on soundcloud and 9k+ on Facebook. Do you think social media has played a role in your success?
A: One day about 8 years ago, Eric the founder of Soundcloud approached me during a gig in San Francisco and told me about his new idea. Not really expecting much, I became a Soundcloud beta tester at day one. To see them getting so big was breathtaking and at the end really lucky for me.
Guess I must say all that support that I received through this particular platform is probably the main reason why i´m still doing what i´m doing. Social Media definitely plays a big role nowadays (also when it comes to being signed), but the more you find your own niche the less important it all gets at the end – for an artist it easily becomes the most distracting thing, preventing him from doing his thing.
Q: Do you produce music full-time or do you have a daytime gig?
A: Yes, i´m a full-time producer, also working for other people every now and then.
Q: When you’re not producing, what’s our favorite thing to do?
A: Take me up on some mountain and i´m happy hiking – and if there is snow around even better!
Q: If you were trapped in an elevator with a celebrity, who would it be? Why?
A: It would have to be 2 in this case, i would love to see Seth Troxler and David Guetta being trapped in an elevator discussing the pros and cons of EDM.