No laptops here!
Ben “DJ Benz” Goldman began his musical voyage more than 15 years ago in Chicago, the birthplace of House music. Mixing and beat matching is a way of life. Part of the final vinyl generation of DJs, he came up alongside House legends such as Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, Paul Johnson, and the French pioneers Daft Punk. All of which have influenced and shaped his unique Chicago House sound and style.
After more than 10 years dedicating himself solely to Chicago, Benz not only honed his DJ chops, but he also produced some of the most memorable raves/concerts in Chicago’s past and created a successful underground House music record label, Olive Records.
Now he’s taken his mission to spread the House music love worldwide. Over the last several years Benz has played in more than 30 venues in Southeast Asia and loving every second of it. Come to dance, or don’t come at all.
Benz DJ Mix CD, Olive Juice, is a continuous mix of 17 Olive Records tracks. It was compiled, edited, and arranged by Benz and High Caliber made the top 10 selling electronic albums on iTunes. Olive Records has sold over 20,000 vinyl records, been licensed over 20 times to companies such as Playboy, Ministry of Sound, AOL, iTunes/iPod, and Hypnotiq. Olive Records has also sold over 5000 ring tones in Japan alone.
He’s performed alongside: Judge Jules, Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, Frankie Bones, DJ Nakadia, Rabbit in the Moon, Paul Johnson, Mistress Barbara, ESP Woody McBride, Hyperactive, DJ Funk, Colette, DJ Disciple, Hatiras, Dubtribe Sound System, Angel Alanis, and DJ Swamp to name a few.
- Concept CM2, Bangkok, Thailand (2010-2012)
- -5 Icebar & Supperclub, Pattaya, Thailand (2008)
- Hammer, Pattaya, Thailand (2008)
- Glow, Bangkok, Thailand (2007-2008)
- Dream on Studio, Chicago, USA (2006)
- Berlin, Chicago, USA (2005-2006)
- Ontourage, Chicago, USA (2005)
- Flavour Presents, Ltd. – Chicago, IL 2003-2005
- Event coordinator/Marketing/PR/Talent Buyer
- Olive Records, Inc. – Chicago, IL 2001-Current
- Creative Director/A&R/Sales/Marketing
- Seismic Events – Santa Fe, NM 1997-2003
- Talent buyer/event coordinator
- Seismic Events – Chicago, IL 1997-2003
- Director of special events
FEATURED GUEST PERFORMANCES (2007 TO PRESENT)
Thailand: Q Bar Bangkok, Q Bar Samui, Bed Supperclub, Koi, Funky Dojo, Spicy, Demo, 808, LED, Twisted Republic, Scarlett, Oskar, Tunnel, Black Pagoda, Club Lime, Shock 39, Climax..
USA: Crobar, Chicago, Smart Bar, Chicago, Vision, Chicago, Spy Bar, Chicago, Zentra Nightclub, Chicago, Transit, Chicago, Big Wig, Chicago, Victor Hotel, Chicago, Buzz, Chicago, Spot 6, Chicago, 4, Chicago, Winter Music Conference Party, Miami Florida