Benjamin Damage talks techno before his India tour
Welsh DJ, Benjamin Damage is said to have a non-purist approach to techno. “I just make music that means something to me and it’s up to others to make up their mind what it says to them,” says the DJ when asked about his sound. The DJ comes to India for a three-city tour and performs in Bengaluru this Sunday.
Benjamin always wanted to be a full-time musician. But it’s only later that the desire to play live and perform came. “This is why I had to make a real live show, which is pretty complicated to perform. I can never press a button on a laptop and dance around pretending to play live. It has to be real,” he explains further. Benjamin’s 2013 debut solo album, Heliosphere, was minimalistic and emotion-driven. In 2015, he released a full-length album, Obsidian followed by the EPs Montreal and Malfunction/ Binary. His ambient and almost beat-less tracks draw you in with the details and synth sounds. Over the years, you can see his sound maturing. “It’s a very gradual process of learning and evolving. I think I’ve gotten better at doing things, expressing what’s in my head. When you look back, there are always things you would do differently,” he says about his journey.
Benjamin had a great experience his last time in Pune and ended up playing for far longer than he had planned. “I’ve heard a lot of great things about how the techno scene has exploded since my last time in India. I’ve never been to any of the cities I’m playing in so I’m looking forward to discovering them,” he signs off.
Rs. 1,500. Sunday, 9 pm. AtTao Terraces, MG Road