Ben Daley SWU

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Ben began his dance music collection in 1989 eventually buying his first turntables in 1993 playing rave, hardcore & early jungle. Before he was old enough to get in the clubs, Ben would spend his weekends in 5HQ Leicester buying records, then making mixtapes to sell at school the following week.

It was in 1996 Ben discovered the House & Garage sound and was influenced by the sounds of Karl Tuff Enuff Brown, Hermit & Jason Kaye to name a few. Moving to Bristol a year later, he ended up playing almost every night to packed clubs and bars pioneering the early UKG/2step sound. This led to various pirate and community radio shows (PassionFM, Powerjam, KuteFM), with guest mixes on BBC’s 1Xtra and regular residencies in Bristol & London.

In 2004, Ben & Deli G started the now legendary Sunday Roasted parties, where US House met with UK Garage, originally focussing on the 90s sound. These small, intimate parties boasted guest appearances from artists such as Kerri Chandler, Marshall Jefferson, Todd Edwards and Danny Rampling to name a few. Roasted is still going today now in its 20th year. Ben is also part of the collective known as Room 2 promoting new music at various festivals and venues across Bristol.

In recent years, as the music continues to evolve, Ben can often be found incorporating a more diverse sound into his sets, exploring afro, latin, disco while keeping to his love of the infectious dance floor groove and feel good beats.

On his SWU show, Ben will be showcasing sounds from his vast collection, playing upfront treats, forgotten classics, and rare gems spanning his collection over the past 30 years.