BK Biography

Ben Keen, aka BK, is recognized the world over as the most successful and
prolific hard dance producer of all time. With worldwide dance chart hits
like "Music Is Moving" and "Revolution", BK has reinvented the genre of
hard house and breathed new life into the style. And in addition to having
conquered the world of hard house with his production skills, BK is
positioned to take over the global DJ scene, ranking since 2001 as one of
DJmag's top 50 international DJs. He calls his sound "ever-changing and
full of energy," with innovative infusions of trance and techno that
redefine the hard house style. He believes that "the sound of hard house
has definitely changed-it's got to," and whether producing or playing, the
sounds that BK creates represent the future of the genre.

BK began his production career at age 16 as a trainee engineer at a London
studio and gradually progressed into writing music for film and television.
In his spare time, he used the studio's equipment to experiment with his
own sounds, and it was later, at Media Records, that he began producing
original tracks. BK later joined Nukleuz Records, the world's top hard
house label, and immediately became known for his profusion of definitive
hard house tracks. Since 1995, BK has produced more than one hundred 12"s
and remixes, including remixes of Mario Piu ("The Vision"), Mauro Piccotto
("Iguana"), Storm ("Storm Animal"), DT8 ("Destination"), and Tony De Vit
("I Don't Care"), and recorded tracks for labels ranging from Positiva,
Data, and Ministry of Sound to NuLife, Ffrr, and Tidy. Many of his tracks
have become UK Top 10 hits, but BK is best known for "Revolution", which
with the support of Judge Jules and Dave Pearce, entered BBC Radio One's
daytime rotation in 2002 - a singular accomplishment for a hard house
track. BK's albums and compilations have also garnered huge success, with
his series of Nukleuz Presents compilations (including HardHouse Anthems)
earning multiple Mixmag "Album of the Year" awards and the 2003 release
Extreme Euphoria Mixed By Lisa Lashes, BK, and The Tidy Boys on track to
become the highest-selling hard house album ever.

BK's tracks are irresistible to both clubbers and critics, but the true
measure of his talent can be seen in the number of fellow producers and DJs
who clamour for a slice of BK's skills. The admiration of his peers is
typified by such comments as, "If one man has single-handedly shaped what
our world is dancing to, then it's he." (Mixmag, June 2002) This feeling is
evident in the tracks found on BK's 2003 solo album, Klub Kollaborations,
which represent cooperative projects with eleven of the world's top
producers, including Andy Farley, Lab4, Christopher Lawrence, Paul Glazby,
and Rob Tissera. In 1999, BK enlarged his creative scope to include the DJ
circuit, proving that his talents are not restricted to the studio alone.
By 2000, BK was already playing clubs around the world, headlining and
appearing at all of the biggest dance events, including Dance Valley
(100,000 people), Global Gathering UK, Gatecrasher Summer Sound System UK,
Impulse NL, Frantic HardHouse Academy UK, Creamfields UK, Godskitchen NEC
UK, Judgement Sunday Ibiza, Lashed in Ibiza, Gallery UK, Slinky UK, and
Code Japan. He currently calls three of the most forward-thinking UK hard
dance events home, holding residencies at Frantic's Convergence, Nukleuz's
Riot!, and Kinky's Trade. Much of his success is due to the same
experimental approach that he utilizes in the studio. "As a DJ, I've been
looking at other genres, and I've found that kind of music is something I
like and that I like to play, and no one's complained!" In an extremely
short period of time, BK has become recognized as not only a genre-defining
producer, but also an influential DJ in the hard dance scene. His
prodigious talents have created a new direction for the future of hard
house, but BK is not ready to stop yet. "I've made every sort of music in
the past, even stuff for television commercials. I've mic'd up a 60-piece
orchestra at Abbey Road... And now I want to start bringing that into the
kind of tracks I do now. Do that, but make it danceable and club-friendly-
find a new sound for myself." Written by Caroline Hansen