Inside The Track w/ Ben Delay
Germany artist Ben Delay has been firing up dancefloors for more than 15 years as a DJ, producer, remixer and label owner. He has always been a DJs’ favorite and his remix for Bob Sinclar’s “I Feel For You”, one of house music’s best-known classics, has catapulted him to global recognition. His take on this house anthem shows Ben Delay’s feeling for club music. His releases and remixes over the years have received strong support from the likes of Tom Novy, Milk & Sugar, David Penn, Syke ‘n’ Sugarstarr & Tonka.
1) Your new Milk & Sugar release “Rock ‘n’ Roll” sounds like you’ve done it again. How is it being received in your sets? And how are other club DJs responding to the release?
Thank you guys. It’s getting a great response from the audience and a lot of requests. I am so happy it finally coming out on Milk & Sugar Recordings. There’s already support for the whole EP from the likes of Vanilla Ace, Brian Tappert, Giom, DJ Pippi, Blacksoul, Simone Vitullo, Saccao & Robert Gaez.
2) Tell us more about “Rock ‘n’ Roll”. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
I had just finished a remix for Vanilla Ace using a new bassline-sound I really liked. I started working on a new original project using the same sound in a more funky way, as the remix (for Vanilla Ace) was more Tech/Techno oriented. I knew the track needed vocals, so I searched my library and finally found these rap-samples. I first had to slice and cut them in a different way as they initially didn’t fit the groove of the track. Now I think they work perfectly and gives Rock ‘n’ Roll the final touch it needed.
3) Production wise, what is it about the track that makes it work?
When I played the track, people always loved it when the vocals came in, but the “magic moment” is when the bassline and the drums kick in after the break. It’s such a deep and dark bass that punches right where it belongs.
4) What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?
As said above – it’s all about the bassline. Of course melodies and drums are important but for me the bassline is always that one element that gets people on the dancefloor. I mostly use the Arturia Mini V for my basslines and always combine it with one or two other synths to give the sound more depth. The complete Arturia Classic Collection is one of my favorites and real value for money. Compression is also important in my productions. I use it on nearly every single track, and you don’t need expensive plug-ins for that. Ableton Live for example, has some great plug-ins, and it’s no secret I like phat kick drums, so compression and Eq-ing are very important.
5) What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
It’s not a plug-in. It’s my sample-library. I started this one maybe 15 years ago spending hours and nights just sampling everything I might need in the future. From simple Kicks and Hi-Hats to Disco samples. I am so happy I did all that work because I’ve use these samples in every production I have done to date, no matter if it’s Nu-Disco or Tech House.
6) Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
Stay true to yourself! Find your own sound and don’t try to copy anything that’s hip right now. Maybe your sound will be the next big thing! Don’t imitate yourself within genres. And, of course, hard work will pay out one day!