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Ben Itsu
Sydney, Australia

Itsu creates complex, forward-thinking drum and bass with a foundation in detailed, multi-layered sound design and a distinct science-fiction vibe. Spanning deep and moody halftime to metal-influenced, all out, neurofunk head-bangers, Itsu's music transcends the traditional borders of drum and bass. After cutting his teeth on a range of lower tempo bass music genres over the course of five EP’s released between 2012 and 2015 on labels such as Merkaba Music and Hopskotch Records, Itsu has returned to the genre that brought him to electronic music production in the first place, and has earned a reputation as something of a sound design and production pundit, as well as a consummate performer. With a steadfast refusal to conform to the DnB norm of “build, drop, rewind, build, double-drop” Dj sets that feature only a couple of original tracks, Itsu takes audiences on a journey through the flavours of drum and bass using live performance techniques and controllerism, and has a track record for setting dance floors on fire with a constantly evolving live show that never plays out the same way twice. After four years of live performances on Australian festival circuit and countless club shows across the east coast, Itsu embarked on his first North American tour in 2015, with seven shows across five weeks, in three states. Since returning to Australia, Itsu has been locked in the studio exploring the worlds of modular synthesisers and DSP programming in the Kyma environment, and preparing his next body of work, with two DnB releases and one experimental, cinematic IDM release due in late 2016 and early 2017.