Based in south east London, Ben Hayes creates music that has been described as dizzying, intelligent and profound. Lacing carefully programmed synthesisers and the warmth of live instrumental performance with deftly manipulated found sound, Ben Hayes punctuates evolving organic textures with evocatively lopsided beats, whilst bringing to the foreground the minute beauty hidden in sounds that would otherwise pass us by.
Beginning his journey on blues guitar and finding his feet in London playing jazz double bass, Ben’s musical history represents a melange of formative influences. Discovering along the way a predilection for immersing himself in the sounds of other cultures, Ben draws as heavily on the haunting oud melodies of Arabic music and the innately moving rhythms of traditional west African music as he does on the intricately maximal hip-hop and soul of contemporaries such as Lapalux and Flying Lotus, resulting in a sound that both builds on established tradition and occupies a distinct space in the modern musical landscape.
Actively involved in the effervescent South London scene that birthed Yussef Kamaal & Moses Boyd, and is currently spearheading the resurgence of jazz in London, Ben’s work is interwoven into the sound of the area, with collaborators including Poppy Ajudha, Oscar Jerome, Susso, SumoChief and Maisha.
Currently, Ben is working on a new collection of music to be released early 2017, and is gigging with his band, the Ben Hayes Trio, improvisationally reworking his electronic music.