Metronomy man hits the decks

Born in Lagos to a Nigerian father and Kenyan mother, OLUGBENGA now resides in London’s East End after a childhood split between Nigeria and the Netherlands. His first taste of international attention came as one of the vocalists in dubstep/folk outfit Various Production, whose 2006 album for XL Recordings (then home to Dizzee Rascal and Basement Jaxx) was one of the first dubstep releases to sell in five figures. He performed shows with Various Production all over the UK and Europe, often to crowds of thousands. Eighteen months ago OLUGBENGA was drafted into electronic pop/indie band Metronomy as a bassist/vocalist and was quickly asked to become a permanent member of the group. With support from Because Music in France and Warner Music worldwide, the band have played to rapturous audiences in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. Metronomy were featured prominently in the BBC’s coverage of the Glastonbury and Reading Festivals as well as being invited by the panel of the Mercury Music Prize to perform a special session that was recently broadcast on Channel 4. OLUGBENGA has participated in recording sessions for a new album due in early 2011. OLUGBENGA is also beginning to make a name for himself as a DJ and remixer. Working purely on a laptop (and not turntables) and drawing influences from contemporary Nigerian music, left-field electronica, gospel and rock, OLUGBENGA’s approach to the cut-and-paste (or mash-up) technique popularised by DJs like Girl Talk yields truly singular results. Now receiving hundreds of visitors each week on his blog and Soundcloud page, OLUGBENGA is currently taking offers for DJ shows all over the world, including his first West African shows. A mixtape of original material and official remixes, ‘The G Is Silent [VOLUME TWO]’, is out now.




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