SECRET BALI SOUNDBOY - #24 - DJ BEN BURGESS



Ben is a great guy always up for a party and a popular DJ, originally from the famous city of Manchester who moved to Bali to pursue his career as a DJ. Coming from Manchester, a city with legendary musical status, we had a lot of questions for him. Is he a blue or is he a red? Who are his favourite DJ’s and places to play? What was it like to party with the likes of Oasis… To find out the answers to these and more, you know what to do!



HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BALI AND WHERE WERE YOU BEFORE YOU LANDED HERE?

Bali has been home for just over 4 years now, before here I was travelling a lot around Australia and Thailand.

MANCHESTER IS A REAL HOTSPOT FOR MUSIC ISN'T IT, WHICH BANDS WERE YOU MOST INTO?

Yes I was lucky enough to be there when the Hacienda was still open, that's what started my love for music going there. I grew up not to far from where Oasis grew up so I am an Oasis fan and was often at partys where Ian Brown would show up, so I'm a big Stone Roses fan also. So many bands back then, New order, 808 State, Joy Division,Happy Mondays too many to list!!


Great band called the Courteeners that are Huge in Manchester. The Chemical Brothers were Based in Manchester when they were known as the Dust Brothers there from the south but saw them perform alot in Manchester.

ARE YOU A BLUE, A RED OR NEITHER?

Red in honour to my Grandfather who was a massive red but don't follow it that much these days.

WHAT MADE YOU PICK BALI FROM SOMEWHERE 8000 MILES AWAY?

I'd been to Bali a few times on holiday and instantly fell in love with the place and was already based around Asia, few things came up work wise and have close friends who live here so went for it!!

WHERE CAN PEOPLE CATCH YOU PLAYING AND ARE THERE ANY VENUES YOU HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR WHEN IT COMES TO DJ’ING AND WHY?

I now just do guest spots all over the place including Jenja where we do a monthly event called Rise, guest sets at Jungle, Metis, Red Ruby, And held my residency at 707 for the last 4 years which is where I have a soft spot for playing as the location is beautiful and the people let loose there and I can play stuff I wouldn't be able to play at other places which I like.

WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST FROM HOME?

English Fish and Chips, driving through country lanes, a few people not many though haha. Not much really, Manchester's a great city but I live next to a beach so thats that!

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE DJS?

Again too many to list always been a Sasha fan, Adam Beyer, Hawtin, Sven Vath, Green Velvet, Digweed, Dixon......
Too many come to mind!!!

GIVE US 3 OF YOUR FAVORITE TRACKS OF ALL TIME?

Can You Feel It - Fingers Ink



Laurent Garnier - Man with the Red Face


Inner City - Good LIfe


WHO WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL DINNER GUESTS DEAD OR ALIVE?

David Bowie, Jim morrison, Jonny Cash, James Brown, Liam Gallagher and Me. 
That would be a good session!!!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHOCOLATE BAR?

I like Dark chocolate with Hazel nuts in and Fererro Roches, how posh :)

WHAT IS YOUR NIGHTMARE MOMENT AS A DJ?

Falling asleep, Drunk Girl encounters, People askin if they can have a go. Do one!!

WHERE IS YOUR ‘HAPPY PLACE’ IN BALI?

My Place with my Cat.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT BALI WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Couple of things that I wont mention haha..... it's almost perfect. Truly an amazing place to live.