101 with Sian Bennett

Sian Bennett is UK based DJ, producer and label co-owner who has held down regular sets in iconic venues such as The Warehouse Project and Sankeys, on top of residencies across the Liverpool and London club circuit. Sian has also performed across the UK, including sets at EGG London, CIRCUS Liverpool and The Rainbow under her belt, as well as gigs in Malta, Amsterdam, Space Ibiza and Sankeys Ibiza. Her ear for groove-laden house and techno has also led to festival appearances at Parklife, The Social Festival and AMP Lost & Found.

After a busy summer, Sian has been releasing on her co-founded imprint E1even records with Lauren Lo Sung. Artist roster on the label includes Jerome.c, Ben Rau and James Dexter, while the releases have received support from the likes of Clive Henry, Ryan Crosson, Archie Hamilton, Traumer, Ilario Alicante, Vinyl Speed Adjust, David Gtronic, Tania Vulcano and many more household names.

What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?

“Have you got Cheerleader?” I had to Google the song afterwards!

Can you describe your studio setup for us?

Alesis M1 Monitors, 1 x Technic 1200 turntable, DJM 400 mixer, and 2 x (very old) CDJ 800s - my first pair of decks.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig?

I think it was 2011 and it was in a small bar in Manchester. Looking back I had no idea what I was doing but I absolutely loved it.

Name three artists that currently inspire you.

I’ve loved Mr.G for years, especially his energy when he DJ's. There are very few tracks of his that I don’t like. I admire artists who have made it on to big labels and gigs but managed to still keep one foot in the underground and stay true to their sound – Cassy, Subb-an, Dana Ruh.

Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.

Mike Skinner played after me at a student event years ago and he cleared the room with dubstep...

What do you do before and after your set?

Eat plenty of food and drink loads of water beforehand! I usually stick around to catch some other sets, but I’ll be honest I do love jumping back in bed ha

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I worked in Primark and I had to wear a high vis jacket and shout NEXT PLEASE with the world’s worst hangover every Saturday. Lovely stuff!

What are your favourite labels at the moment?

I love all of the records from Wax Isgud. Blind Box releases are quality too. And of course mine and Lauren Lo Sung’s imprint E1even records :-)

Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?

The whole of Miseducation of Lauryn Hill on repeat. But if I had to pick one track - Nothing Even Matters.

Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?

I lost my USB as I was walking to the stage to play at Parklife Festival. It was a DJ’s nightmare come true. So I’d say the best advice was to always take a back up USB...

By Saša, edited on 14 June 2018