Bentley Dean is a Chicago resident, electronic music producer, and a recent addition to the Mau5trap line up. Over the last few years, he has been actively perfecting his craft and developing his own unique sound that fans of all backgrounds love. This includes his several remixes like My Digital Enemy’s “Shamen” and BlackGummy’s “KT”. He has also released distinctly dark originals such as “Desolation” and “Wake Up”. His rapid success in honing his production skills are what put him at the top of our watch list for 2018.
What part of the UK are you from originally and when did you move to the states?
I am originally from a small village in England called Streetly, it’s just outside of Birmingham. I moved to the US when I was 11 years old, it was spring break of 5th Grade at the time.
Were you already into electronic music before you moved stateside, or was it only when you got to the states?
Fortunately for me, my mom was always playing dance music when we lived in England. I can specifically remember going to and from school while she had every single Ministry of Sound album on repeat. I can remember specific dance tracks that stood out to me like “Don’t Call Me Baby” by Madison Avenue and “Hey Boy Hey Girl” by The Chemical Brothers. However, my absolute favourite was “Firestarter” by The Prodigy, along with their entire album The Fat of the Land, I carried that around on my cassette player all the time.
Much of your work has a very distinctive dark feel to it. What drew you to this sound?
Honestly, it’s just what comes out when I sit down to write, it’s almost like I can’t control it. A lot of artists say that they channel their emotions into their music, that’s how I feel. I’ve tried to force myself to write something uplifting, and it just doesn’t feel right to me.
What genres first caught your attention when you got into electronic music? Any artists in particular?
I was big into electro house and complextro. I think that stemmed from the sound design in these genres because some artists were doing amazing things. As for artists, I would say Deadmau5, Mord Fustang, Feed Me, Wolfgang Gartner, Savant and Overwerk.
Mau5trap released your remix of BlackGummy’s “KT” this year on WAF007. How stoked were you?
Words cannot describe that time.
What are some other artists on Mau5trap you enjoy?
Other than the Boss himself? BlackGummy, this guy is an amazing producer, as well as No Mana! I also really enjoy Matt Lange’s music; he’s extremely technical about everything. Then some of the newer artists on their roster that I frequently listen to are Eddie, Ocula, and Rinzen.
Which do you prefer more? Music production or DJing?
Tough question, I think that producing would be my preference, specifically the sound design aspect of it. However, performing is the chance to showcase everything that I’ve produced.
What do you hope to accomplish musically before the end of 2018?
I have a couple of EP’s and a bunch of singles that I would like to get out there, but I would really like to produce a full length album that tells a story from start to finish.
What were you doing before your music career took off?
I was attending school getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. I was aiming to go to law school.
Do your think that the music you make is more at home being played at underground events or in a club/festival atmosphere?
I would have to say the club atmosphere more than underground events.
Have you had any memorable responses to your work that have stood out?
The most memorable feedback has just been everything about this “KT” remix. Everything that people have said has made me realize that 12+ hours a day working on music was worth it.
What are some things you do to stay motivated in the studio?
Black Coffee. Other than that, the best thing I can suggest is to focus a certain amount of time per day to different things. Spend an hour or two designing some new sounds, then spend an hour or two teaching yourself something new. I try to learn something new every day. It’s impossible to say that you know everything, but why not try to learn as much as you can.
Take a listen to the newly released BlackGummy-“KT” (Bentley Dean Remix) and be sure to follow one of Mau5trap’s many emerging artists of 2018.
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