Half of multi-million selling duo Everything But The Girl, and with a career spanning more than twenty-five years from acclaimed early 80's folk-jazz solo recordings on London indie Cherry Red to a US Number 1 ('Missing') with EBTG in 1995, Ben Watt's recent route to international DJ status came after his and partner Tracey Thorn's superb interpretations of electronica in the mid-nineties ('Walking Wounded', 'Protection' with Massive Attack, 'Temperamental').
Encouraged by DJ-producer Howie B to start spinning he cut his teeth in London in 1995 mixing freestyle sets of Jazz, Drum n Bass and Deep House. Guest sets followed at top London nights such as James Lavelle's Dusted, Fabio's Swerve and Howie B's own west-side Sunday parties.
Concurrently in 1996, Ben's graphic and poetic autobiographical book, 'Patient', detailing his battle with a rare life-threatening auto-immune disease four years earlier was published to wide acclaim by Penguin (a Sunday Times Book Of The Year, Esquire Non-Fiction Award Finalist). The book was subsequently published in the United States and he memorably toured North America in 1997 doing book readings in the evenings and DJing at night in the same town.
In 1998 he established the seminal London Deep House Sunday club and compilation series, Lazy Dog, with Jay Hannan. Moving away from EBTG's mainstream eclecticism and effortlessly into club-oriented dance music production, he also turned out an accompanying string of acclaimed dance floor remixes including 5-star re-rubs for Sade, Sunshine Anderson, Zero 7, Maxwell, Meshell Ndegeocello and Sandy Rivera. Lazy Dog folded at the top after five untouchable years of sell-out shows around the world and compilation sales of 100,000.
Unfailing in his energy and enthusiasm for music, in April 2003 Ben launched his new independent record label and club night, Buzzin' Fly - a new benchmark on the club scene with a cluster of revered underground hits including his own 'Lone Cat', 'A Stronger Man' (feat Sananda Maitreya aka Terence Trent D'Arby) and 'Pop A Cap In Yo' Ass' (feat Estelle) and his brace of best-selling Buzzin' Fly mix CDs (Buzzin' Fly Vols 1 and 2). Committed to new talent the label has already unearthed Justin Martin (Breakthrough DJ nominee at House Music Awards 2004 and 2005) and Lyon's groundbreaking Manoo and Francois A. The label won Best Breakthrough Label at the House Music Awards 2004.
From 2002-2005 as part-owner-founder of new West London nightclubs Neighbourhood and Cherry Jam, he orchestrated the music policy and image of both venues, helping establish their reputation at the forefront of the capital's club scene. Under his creative direction Cherry Jam's intimate surroundings hosted packed underground club nights as well as The Libertines' official debut show, art exhibitions and the long-running spoken word night, Book Slam. At Neighbourhood, Watt brought in big guns like Groove Armada, the Rough Trade Records 25th Anniversary, the inaugural prestigious House Music Awards and a string of international DJs to guest at his own in-house nights until his resignation in June 2005.
Now a central figure on London's club scene he DJs regularly in the capital as well as all over Europe, Australia and North America with regular sell-out shows in NYC, San Francisco and LA. 2005 saw him tour extensively on the festival circuit (Good Vibrations, Homelands, Coachella, Ibiza, Lovebox Weekender, Electric Picnic) and he currently fronts Buzzin' Fly's two new London residencies - monthly underground Sundays at Plastic People, and quarterly events at The End.
In Sep 2005, Watt received two nominations in the House Music Awards 2005 - Most Innovative Producer, Outstanding A&R - as well as one for Label Of The Year for Buzzin' Fly.