Ben Mynott :: Fluidnation
Ben Mynott has firmly established himself as a mainstay in the downtempo field and has built up a vast following through his work as a producer, DJ, radio presenter and through his fluidnation movement.
fluidnation was born in 2004 after the split of media darlings fragile state, a production duo Ben formed two years prior, that scaled the heavy heights of number 3 in the UK Dance album chart, and number 5 in the UK album chart with their critically acclaimed albums “The Facts and the Dreams” and “Voices From The Dustbowl”; a project furthermore that garnered Album Of The Year plaudits all over the place, including those from Big Chill co-founder Pete Lawrence and BBC London’s Robert Elms.
Quite an act to follow. Never deterred though, Ben set up fluidnation, originally primarily as a music and pr consultancy which led him to be the UK contact for legendary New York dance label Naked Music Recordings amongst others. But due to the strength of his then USA radio shows on Worldspace, Ben began Djing and taking his distinctly downtempo sound out and about. A new UK radio show was launched on Bournemouth’s award-winning Fire FM in 2005, a show that led to more praise with around 18,000 listeners going to bed listening to the fluidnation sound after heavy nights on the South Coast.
Ben then began a fluidnation show for Chill Radio (DAB) which started out as a 2 hour show and now sees the fluidnation sound contributing a whopping 9 hours of just.beautiful.music to the stations output a week! The latest figures have seen 74,000 listeners a week tune into these acclaimed shows!
Residencies at the Big Chill Bar in Brick Lane (another award-winner, this time in the Time Out London Awards) and the superb new Big Chill House in Kings Cross followed; the former with a monthly fluidnation night which comprises just.beautiful.music.
So what of the fluidnation music policy? “just.beautiful.music – it’s that simple” says Ben. “I want fluidnation to be as accessible as humanly possible. I want it to be genuinely something for everyone. The aim of the night is to play music and new music with the emphasis on beautiful arrangements. I firmly believe it’s deep within the tracks’ arrangement that brings out the beauty. Music where people can enjoy the evening without the policy changing as the night goes on. fluidnation is a sound, just.beautiful.music. So far, the feedback I’ve received has been nothing short of amazing”.
Compilations are another outlet for Ben’s creative cells having already compiled over 25 albums to date. This includes albums for Jazz Fm/Hed Kandi Records, Quiet Riot, Bar De Lune, Beechwood, One World Music, Slip ‘n’ Slide, The Hit Music Company, Just Music, United Recordings and Park Lane Recordings.
Ben also works for various records labels on a Consultancy basis, putting together podcasts, mixes, label-samplers etc… his opinion in the industry is one that is respected.
Every now and then Ben makes a mix or two available for online listening and these have helped his reputation further with one described by a Big Chiller as “Probably the best I’ve heard since Erlend Øye did the DJ kicks”, while another DJ described one of Ben’s sets as “the best selection of tunes that I’ve ever heard live. Brilliant”.
And all for doing what Ben loves doing best.