Ben UFO on Dubstep: "Now It's a Huge Global Movement, I No Longer Feel a Part of It"

"Scenes change and music progresses," says Thompson. "The dubstep scene, as I knew it, was tiny, and it was local -- now it's a huge global movement. That's fine, but I no longer feel a part of it. The music we release and play has always had indirect links to sound-system culture. There has always been an emphasis on bass weight. We exist as part of a lineage of UK dance music which can be traced back to acid house and rave culture in the late '80s."

Hessle's infusion of styles also points to a growing eclecticism in the wider international dance music scene, which is seeing DJs mix different styles like house, techno, and bass much more liberally.

"We try to stay as flexible and adaptable as possible in order to be able to respond to the speed at which things seem to move these days," says Thompson. "If someone had told me five years ago that in 2012 we'd be selling records predominantly to house and techno DJs, I would've thought them insane.

"There's no rigidly defined Hessle Audio style," he explains. "When people send us demos adhering to what they perceive as 'our sound,' inevitably those demos fall short. But there does seem to be a common thread running through everything we've released so far.

"It's hopefully allowed us to release music from a few different areas without it sounding forced or incoherent. One of our goals has always been to provide a platform and an outlet for new and unrepresented producers, which is one of the reasons we've released a lot of debut records."

The future indeed looks bright for Ben UFO and Hessle Audio, and their dedication to sonic innovation doesn't seem to be waning. "We have no fixed goals," he says. "My only hope for the label is to continue releasing innovative new dance music that people enjoy."

Joy Orbison and Ben UFO. Presented by SAFE. Saturday, December 8. Cafeina, 297 NW 23rd St., Miami. The party starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $20 plus fees via Ages 21 and up. Call 305-438-0792 or visit

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297 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL

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