Benga (musician) Biography
Benga, his professional moniker, is a British musician known for being the pioneer of dubstep record production. His real name is Adegbenga Adejumo and he is from Croydon, south London, England.
Adejumo is of Yoruba Nigerian descent. His first record, “Skank” was released when he was 15 on Big Apple’s own record label after being discovered by dubstep producer Hatcha. As a teenager, he used to hang out at the Big Apple record shop and later make his own tunes on a PlayStation at home.
He was one of the first producers of dubstep when the style was emerging in the early 2000s. Over time, he has featured on a variety of of compilations including Tempa’s The Roots of Dubstep, the BBC Radio 1Xtra anniversary mix and Mary Anne Hobbs’s Warrior Dubz.
He met fellow dubstep producer Skream at the Big Apple Records store and their co-production called “The Judgement” appeared on Big Apple in early 2003. He then began his own label, “Benga Beats” and released the three-track 12″ Benga Beats, Vol. 1 in 2004.
He moved to the Tempa label and issued the singles “Crunked Up” and “Night,” which a collaboration with Coki, in 2007. Both tracks ended up on his 2008 album, Diary of an Afro Warrior. He issued several 12″ releases and mixtapes and played live for the next five years, while his next album appeared during the 2013 winter; it was appropriately titled Chapter II.
The musician was born on 28 November 1986 in Croydon, United Kingdom. He is 31 years old as of 2018.
Skream and Benga
Skream, also known as Oliver Jones is an English electronic music producer also based in Croydon. The pair were pioneers of dubstep and are two thirds of DJ group ‘Magnetic Man’, which also features Artwork.
- Newstep 2006
- Diary of an Afro Warrior 2008
- Chapter II 2013
- Benga Beats Volume 1- 2004
- Invasion – 2006
- The Southside EP – 2006
- Benga EP Volume 2 – 2007
- Pleasure EP – 2008
- Phaze: One – 2010
- Scion A/V Presents: Skream & Benga – 2011
- Future Funk EP – 2016
This is an album by the British artist and Dean Harris.
Release date: 31 July 2018
- Night (Digital Soundboy Remix)
- Night (Zinc Remix)
- Night (Geeneus Remix)
- Night (Radio Edit) [Extended]
- Night (Radio Edit)
As lead artist
- 2002 – Skank
- 2004 – Hydro / Elektro (with Skream)
- 2006 – Comb 60s
- 2007 – Crunked Up
- 2008 – Electro Scratch / The Germ
- 2009 – Technocal (with Skream)
- 2009 – Buzzin
- 2010 – Stop Watching
- 2011 – Faithless / Acid Lie
- 2011 – Transformers (with Kutz)
- 2012 – I Will Never Change
- 2012 – Icon (featuring Bebe Black)
- 2012 – Pour Your Love (featuring Marlene)
- 2012 – We’re Coming Out
- 2012 – Open Your Eyes
- 2012 – To Hell and Back
- 2013 – Forefather (featuring Kano)
- 2018 – Psychosis
Benga & Skream
- 2003 The Judgement
Hatcha & Benga
- 2006 10 Tons Heavy
Benga & Walsh
- 2006 Spooksville
- 2006 Military
- 2007 Bingo
- 2008 Addicts (with Darqwan)
- 2010 Biscuit Factory / Bass Face
Benga & Coki
- 2008 Night
Benga & Paul Trueman
- 2010 Truben
Benga & Coki Bight | Benga Night
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He is back – interview and new track titled ‘PSYCHOSIS’
Published: February 12, 2018
Benga’s revealed he deleted all his music while suffering with mental illness.
The dubstep DJ premiered his new song Psychosis on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show, saying he’s had a “crazy ride” with the disorder – which causes hallucinations. “It’s been up and down for me. I went back into hospital, and I deleted my whole hard drive of music. Everything, gone,” he said.
The 31-year-old said creating the new song has helped him cope.
The lyrics “paranoia, psychosis, voices in my head” are repeated in the track, over an intense electronic beat. “I’d been listening to a lot of weird, new electronic sound, and in five minutes it all kind of came together in this track,” explained the musician, real name Adegbenga Adejumo. “I was talking all about how I was feeling and hearing when I was in psychosis, so it was perfect.”
Benga told her: “I felt I owed it to my fans to be honest. You see so much of me out there doing crazy stuff and enjoying DJing, but I needed to show people that things can come unstuck.” The Croydon artist announced his retirement in 2014, before revealing the next year that he’d been suffering with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
In a series of tweets at the time, he said the problems had been “brought on by drugs” and “excessive touring”. He told Annie: “I feel like [music’s] my only way to recover. It’s almost like meditating when I sit down and write music. “I pen little stories, so I go back and look at the stories, when I sit down and write music it all comes out. That feeling of release.”
After coming out of hospital he deleted a hard drive full of the music he’d been working on, which he says helped send his sound in a new direction. “I was making this kind of music called future funk. I thought I was kind of being too narrow, but I thought ‘I like the tempo. Let’s just work at this tempo and go crazy’.” The pioneer also reflected on how dubstep has changed since the release of his breakthrough album, Diary of an Afro Warrior, 10 years ago.
“I still love the music. I go back to certain tracks and think to myself ‘wow’. “As far as where it’s gone, I respect everyone that’s still grinding to take it in new directions, but I can only now do Benga music.”
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