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Ben Aqua

Ben Aqua

credit: Alex Kacha

Reset Yourself

Ben Aqua’s unique brand of hyper-color, genre-bending electronic music productions and DJ sets gained notoriety in the early 2010s with his viral Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, and Ciara bootleg club edits. In 2011, he produced a series of warehouse parties in Austin and created the experimental club music label #FEELINGS, which helped propel the careers of Björk collaborators Rabit and Lotic.

Since then, Ben has produced several original music releases, as well as remixes for STRFKR, YACHT, Balmorhea, Fischerspooner, Anamanaguchi, Hatsune Miku, and TT The Artist, plus the collaborative single “Anarchy” with Ary Waarnar from Anamamaguchi. Production duties include “Red River" for Gorillaz collaborator Zebra Katz.

His unpredictable, eclectic DJ sets have lit up club and festival stages alongside artists like The Crystal Method, Neon Indian, Dan Deacon, Gary Numan, and Big Freedia. In 2018, his song “Reset Yourself” was featured in Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” ad campaign. His music has also been featured by Skrillex’s Nest HQ, Mad Decent, Interview Magazine, The Creators Project, VICE, Dummy Mag, FADER, BUTT and Opening Ceremony.

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Festival Wristband, Artist Wristband, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
From: Austin, TX
Genre: Electronic
Subgenre: Dance
Event Type: Showcase