BENNY BADGE AKA DJ FREEKWENCY
Raised under the influence of an eclectic household record collection, Benny took to music with a passion that had him writing songs by age ten. Throughout his teens he established a strong love for the electronic sounds of 1980s funk and soul music, collecting many obscure records from contacts overseas. Benny’s love for a bygone era remained a heavy influence as the following years saw him turn from a young Bboy with hot mixtapes into a busy deejay and producer.
In 2009 Benny formed Secret Heat music, the production base and identity for his future projects. 2011 saw him relocate to Melbourne from his hometown of Adelaide in search of greater possibilities. It was here that he established himself, producing his own take on modern soul and club music with an infectious vintage styling that would set Benny apart from his peers. He has since worked with a range of other artists and performed alongside some of his most respected contemporaries as they visit the country.
Benny’s music and deejay performances are held in high regard globally, receiving notable support from Ministry of Sound Radio, Tim Sweeney’s “Beats In Space” (NYC), The Smuggler’s Inn Show (Berlin), Boogie Taipei (Taiwan/China), Hit It & Quit It Radio (Auckland) and various stations at home in Australia. When behind the decks his fondness for playing vinyl is evident, and his tasteful selections have lit up main rooms and boutique venues from Miami to Manchester.
His discography includes solo productions under the alias “Freekwency”, an album by modern soul group “Nite Class”, performance credits on Inkswel’s “Get To My Party” & “Ginseng Root” EP’s and keyboard credits for “Malaco”, by L.A. producer Tom Noble (also featured in the recent PPU Video Party 2 DVD). Along with partner-in-crime Inkswel, Benny manages the PPU sub-label “Hot Shot Sounds” and with new projects underway you can be sure to hear more of his trademark sound very soon.
Notable Performances and Residencies:
Winter Music Conference 2011 (Miami); Bonnefooi (Brussels); Soju Bar (Berlin); Full Beam! (Manchester); The Croft Institute (2010-2013); Section 8 Container Bar (2011-2013).
Darshan Jesrani (Metro Area), Dam Funk, Tom Noble, Onra, Red Rack’em, Royalty, Pablo Valentino, Jamie 3:26, Rick Wade, Recloose, Frank Booker.
Freekwency feat. Penny Shum “Don’t Tell Me” – VR005 (Voyeurhythm UK) (Production)
Inkswel “Get To My Party” – Get To My Party EP (Boogie Bash) (Keyboard Credits)
Tom Noble “Malaco” – Vibe 2 Compilation (Future Times) (Keyboard Credits)
Freekwency “Flip The Coin” – VR010 (Voyeurhythm UK) (Production)
Inkswel “Ginseng Root” – Ginseng Root EP (Dopeness Galore) (Keyboard Credits)
Freekwency feat. Molly D. “Just For Two” – HS001 (Hot Shot Sounds) (Production)
Freekwency feat. Charli James “By My Side” – Shades of Space (ISM Records) (Production)
Del Strange “Freak Yea” (Freekwency Rework) (Fruit Of Life Recordings) (Remix Production)
Freekwency “On The Line” – On-Point Summer Sampler (On-Point Belgium) (Production)
Nite Class “Love Scenes LP” – HS002 (Hot Shot Sounds) (Production)
Freekwency “Sweet Nothings” – The Boogie Vol. 4 (Tokyo Dawn Records) (Production)
Splendour feat. Moni Mendoza “Hotline/Oasis Boulevard” (Wax Museum) (Production)
Freekwency “Seal The Deal” Album (ISM Records) (Production)
Molly D. “Natural High EP” (Hot Shot Sounds) (Production)
WHEN AND WHERE
PHAT PLAY FRIDAY – 29th November 2013
PLAY BAR SYDNEY
BASEMENT 72 Campbell Street,
Surry Hills NSW
DOORS OPEN AT 4PM
FREE ENTRY ALL EVENING
6-8PM BENNY HINN
8-10PM DUSTY ALLEN
10-12AM DJ FREEKWENCY AKA BENNY BADGE
HAPPY HOUR 5-7PM
CHECK OUT SOME OF THE PICKS FROM THE NIGHT…