Jeff Bennett's Lounge Experience

Background:

In 1975 Jeff was produced by his parents in Warsaw Poland, but moved to Sweden in 1981 and lives since then in Malmoe Sweden. Jeff who was formerly called Mike Pung has been involved in electronic music since 1992 but it all began as a bedroom thing that has since then evolved into a habit.

He started creating music in 1994 and got hooked on it directly, but it took until 1998 before his first single was to come out on his own label Maskros Music.
Since that single he has released over 30 singles on labels like Pokerflat, Episode, Treibstoff, Intristc design, Konvex konkav, Jamayka, Morris Audio, Regular etc.
The first album by Jeff Bennett got released this summer on Episode.

In 1994 he and a partner opened a record store called Cosmic One Records that became the first electronic record store in Malmoe. With the opening of the record store the DJ career got a boost and he started playing on various venues.

A year after the store was opened Jeff & his record store partner Jim Groovy started making their own one-off parties and clubs in various sizes. His longest residency was in a house club called Thank God It's Friday were he played almost every Friday for over a year. He has
played at clubs & parties like: Fabric (London), Otto zutz (The edge, Barcelona), Fusion festival 2002 (Germany), Ostgut (Berlin), Terrys cafe (Frankfurt), Polartv (Berlin) + many
more.....

In 1996 Jeff & Jim started their first label Azurite records. Jeff started his own label Maskros Music in 1998. And the year 2000 two new labels called Phunctional & Kung fu dub we're started by Jeff. At this point all those labels have gone into the history books.

After moving on from the recordstore Jeff decided to move to Oslo/Norway for new
A couple of 12” are also to be released this year on labels like: Audio beyond, Ibizaloopsound, konvex konkav, Worship, Choke……..

Influences:

The earliest influences came from Detroit people like Derrick May, Juan Atkins & Kevin Saunderson, but also from Richie Hawtin's label Plus 8 and the artist there like Speedy J, Kenny Larkin etc.
Europe also had a big impact on him with artists like Stefan Roberts, 808 state, KLF,
Dreadzone, Terry Lee Brown Junior, Tikiman & labels like Plastic city, Poker Flat, SVEK, Circulation, early Network releases + many more. Also a lot of reggae & dub artist like Augustus Pablo, Lee Perry, Mad Professor, Andy Horace, King Tubby, Barrington levy + many more.

Future:

Now his back in Malmoe/Sweden where he produced his chill out/downtempo project under his Jeff Bennett’s Lounge Experience moniker.

Deeplay says:
When our friends at Just A Groove Records/Just Chillin wanted us to handle the release of Jeff Bennett's Lounge Experience we couldn't say no and the result you will hear first in July with his 10" single "There Are Many Things". Which will be the teaser for his album in September 2004. His music can be desribed as a fusion between Thievery Corporation, Gotan project, Lee Perry with a slight touch of chilled out sunset views of Ibiza.


Releases :

DPLAY-CD4 : Ancient Keys
DPLAY LTD 001-10 : There Are Many Things