As far as rising UK talents go, you’ll be hard pushed to find an artist with such critical acclaim as Ben Sterling. Championed by many of the industry’s biggest names, Ben is well and truly on the path to the top of the business – and with good reason.
The latest weapon in his arsenal comes in the form of a single release on increasingly popular tech house imprint Revival New York. A certified late-summer anthem, the driving ‘Dimensions’ welcomes a commanding peak-time cut armed with slick warping synths, rumbling low ends, and euphoric builds and breaks – all guided by the stand-out, infectious vocal that transports the production to another level. Strap in; this one is going to be huge.
We caught up with Ben to talk about the release, as well as how he’s been doing during the pandemic & his plans for the future. Here’s how it went:
Hey Ben, thanks for joining us! Let’s start with your new single – Dimensions – on Revival New York. There has been a lot of hype behind the record recently; how did the release come about, and is there any driving influence behind it?
The track came about 2-3 years ago as a cover of one of my favourite idols, Tiga. He’s been a massive inspiration on my music after seeing him at 17 playing Bugatti to the many ravers in London. I wanted to create something energetic, and I knew something was missing in the track, so finding his vocal just made it such an anthem. I respectfully got a vocalist to have it re-sing it as I wanted to pay homage to the original version by doing a cover.
The single has arrived at a great time, with nightlife reopening somewhat. How does it feel to see your music being played in clubs again – as well as getting to play it to crowds yourself?
I think this has been a very special moment for artists & all hospitality to rekindle all the many months that we’ve been closed. So much respect for how close everyone has stuck together and kept fighting, and now we’re back baby! I am incredibly grateful for the support that we’ve had thus far.
My first show back was beautiful to see everyone coming together dancing and loving the moment! It was a relief, I’ve got to give hats off to everyone in the industry that had the minds and patience to pull it all together. Seeing all the love, energy and enjoyment in everyone’s faces listening to great music is why I love my job so much 🙏
How have you navigated the pandemic? Have you been lucky enough to get any gigs during, or have you been buried in the studio working on music?
It was very tough. There were many cancellations, and being in the studio (which seemed like a great thing at the start) was tough for your mental health at times. But looking back at the amazing moments I’ve shared with family, friends, and fans pushed me through the dark times. Also, communication was very important; reaching out to peers making sure they’re all okay has strengthened bonds.
I had a few shows with restrictions, but it was an extremely hard time for events to even happen with things getting cancelled, moved or postponed. It was a nightmare for everyone. I was lucky enough to be asked to play in the States as they had different restrictions from the rest of the world. It made a lot of great things possible, and I’m very thankful for the opportunities that came about.
How are you feeling about the future of nightlife over the next 12+ months; do you have any cause for concern or anything you’re optimistic about?
It’s still unknown, but we’ve all learned from the many months of working out strategic ways of handling it. I am optimistic that there’s always a solution, and I’m sorry, but you cannot get rid of nightlife. It’s part of our freedom and lives!!
What have you got in the pipeline that you’re excited to share with the world?
I have a lot of music from all the lockdowns combined haha, and I’ve got an exciting new event and a record label that’s coming very soon! Keep an eye out; Planet X is coming to a galaxy near you.
‘Dimensions’ is out now on Revival New York!