Ben Renna is a Perth based dance music artist featured at many of Perth’s premier venues. Classically trained in piano from a young age, his musicality shines tthrough his track selection and regular collaborations with live musicians. Ben is often on the line up at various Perth events and festivals abroad and in the last few years has made regular tour appearances around Australia recently warming up for artists like Purple Disco Machine, Boy George, Robin Schulz, The Aston Shuffle and more
As well as a decade of DJing under his belt, Ben has had a handful of official record label releases signed – most recently for SIGMA (UK) on Neon Records and for Aussie dance music royalty Sneaky Sound System with UK based CR2 Records which received several triple j plays. He has featured 3 ARIA chart top 5’s from middle 2018 to early 2019 and has recently been signed to major Australian Record Label Central Station Records and is releasing some singles in the coming months.
When and Where did you start being a DJ?
I started mixing in 2008 at a friends house and really enjoyed it as I had a musical background and always thought I had an ear for music, which turned into buying my first set of decks and practising almost every day. I won Pioneer Australian DJ Competition early 2009 and that turned into a few gigs around town. My first official residency was a Monday gig at Bar Orient. It’s been a ride since then lol
Favourite Gigs played:
Oktoberfest In the Gardens to 15,000 people in 2018, Left Bank Xmas Eve 2018, Support for Boy George in 2019 and Riva Festival in Melbourne 2018. Those all have very fond memories… and of course, my first ever Sydney show in 2019 too.
Any comments or memories about Sideshow?
Mostly meeting the artists from the shows and keeping in touch on socials. It’s just nice to see humble people who have made it actually staying humble.
Always a welcoming and warm environment from the organisers and staff – this is such a huge part of the event for myself. There is so many people in this industry that are just in it for the money or fame and you can clearly see that the people who run Sideshow are doing it because they love the job.