Delta Heavy aka Ben Hall and Simon James are the most exciting duo to hit drum n bass dancefloors since Chase & Status and Nero. Although, if anything, their music is even harder and heavier, darker and more multi-textured. 2016 certainly hasn’t been an ordinary year for the UK bass act and the duo are about to shift things up a notch yet again. They kicked off the year with their debut album Paradise Lost, which launched straight into the top 10 electronic charts in the UK and US. The album was nothing short of groundbreaking.
An amazing summer saw Delta Heavy play everywhere from Glastonbury to the Warehouse Project, and as we approach the end of 2016, things certainly aren’t slowing down. The last 10 days have been extra exceptional for Hall and James. first there was the huge announcement of their upcoming BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, followed by the release of ‘Kill Room’ on RAM Records, a single that set the industry alight.
And now Delta Heavy will return to Australasia with the announcement of a massive 8-date tour this summer.
Wednesday 18th January: Fat Angel, Wellington
Thursday 19th January: World Bar, Queenstown
Friday 20th January: Empire, Christchurch
Saturday 21st January: Neck of the Woods, Auckland
Wednesday 25th January: The Met, Brisbane
Thursday 26th January: HQ Complex, Adelaide
Friday 27h January: Chinese Laundry, Sydney
Saturday 28th January: Hidden Festival, Perth
Simon James and Ben Hall met at Nottingham University in 2003. They zeroed in on the city’s drum & bass scene spearheaded by nights such as Detonate and clubs such as Stealth.
Si was the musical one with the background playing instruments while Ben was the one with a penchant for sound engineering and a background as a DJ. It proved the perfect combination. After graduating, they found their way back to London where they both acquired computer software. “And,” recalls Si, “because both of us had the same interests in music, we thought we’d align our knowledge.”
After several years of hard graft, their debut release appeared on Viper’s acclaimed Acts Of Mad Men compilation in June 2009. They had a cut on the Harry Brown soundtrack, followed by the anthemic ‘Abort’ in June 2010, which received widespread recognition from the underground as well as support from the mainstream. They signed to drum & bass mogul Andy C’s Ram, label home of Chase & Status and Sub Focus, establishing themselves as credible newcomers with Space Time/Take The Stairs. The former was nominated as ‘Best Track’ at the 2010 Drum & Bass Arena Awards while earning Si and Ben nominations for ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Best Newcomer DJ’.
They remixed Example, Avicii, Chase & Status ft. Tinie Tempah, Rita Ora and Nero, making Delta Heavy ones to seriously watch. Their next release, Overkill/Hold Me, confirmed their reputation as bass innovators, mixing extreme electronic noise with low-end frequencies while acknowledging the need for a commercial imperative. The video to ‘Hold Me’ received over a million views in a little over a week and daytime radio plays from Sara Cox as well as specialist spins from Skream & Benga, Mistajam & Kissy Sell Out.