British producer Benga, one of the original pioneers of dubstep, announced this weekend that he was ceasing his work as a DJ in order to start a family with his fiance. While it’s not completely clear whether or not he’ll be retiring from music altogether, his contributions as a performer and radio show host will certainly be missed.
Why is this so important? Let’s take a glance at Benga’s DJing career to look back at all he did for the dance music and dubstep community today:
Messing around with DJing since his age was in the single-digits, Benga (born Adegbenga Adejumo) and his friends found themselves in the Big Apple record shop, in their hometown of Croydon, South London, at the same time early dubstep producer Hatcha happened to be spinning. Brave enough to challenge him and show off his productions, Benga’s work caught Hatcha’s attention, and by the age of 14, he was spinning alongside him in the London spots that were introducing new bass-heavy electronic sounds to club-goers. The record shop’s imprint label signed him on, and this circle of South Londoners during the early 2000’s became the earliest dubstep artists.
Skream tweeted a farewell to Benga earlier in the weekend. He’ll surely be missed, but hopefully he’ll remain in the music industry. And there’s always hope for an occasional show again someday as well!
Salute to my brother Benga…. It takes a lot to announce something like that. He’s been nothing but pure inspiration to me over the years.
— Oliver Jones (@I_Skream) February 2, 2014