Red Bull Music Academy presents Deviation with Benji B, Juan Atkins, J.Rocc, Jay Daniel

Benji B is one of the UK's most respected DJs. Renowned worldwide for his radio shows and club sets alike, he's amassed a fanbase who have come to see him as a leader in the future and soulful music movement, mixing the genres of hip hop, house, soul, funk, dubstep, and more, seamlessly taking his audience from one genre to the next.

For the past eight years he's being doing his own show on BBC 1
Xtra playing the latest and greatest music from dubstep and hiphop to house and soul and everything in between, while inviting some of the very best artists to the show for interviews and exclusive mixes ranging from Juan Atkins to J Rocc and Dorian Concept to Kode 9.

When 1Xtra launched in 2002 he was asked to present a show on Thursday nights. It soon became essential listening for music fans around the globe. Recently Benji made the move to Sundays and has recently been given an extra hour and will now broadcast from 10 pm until 1 am every Sunday night.

In October 2010, he made the move over to BBC Radio 1, where you can now catch him every Wednesday night / Thursday morning 2-4am.

As a DJ it is easier to count the countries Benji hasn't DJ'ed in than the ones he has. Every weekend he is in a different part of the world and is one of the UK's most international specialist DJs, playing regularly in the USA, Japan, the Middle East, Asia and Australia as well as all over Europe.

Alongside his weekly BBC show on Radio 1 Benji has been running his club night Deviation Sessions in the East London's Gramaphone for almost two years. Each month he installs a bespoke soundsystem on which have played the likes of Flying Lotus, J Davey, Martyn and Skream to Moodymann, Dam-Funk and many more. It is now widely regarded as one of the very best club nights in London.

Juan Atkins

Widely known as The Godfather of Techno, Juan Atkins had founded the genre himself with two other Belleville High School classmates, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May. Since those times he's defined the game with countless successful projects including Model 500 and Cybotron. Flash forward to 2012, you can find Juan Atkins touring the globe and still playing anywhere from Ibiza and Berlin to festivals like Movement and WMC.

J. Rocc

One of the original turntablists, J. Rocc founded the Beat Junkies in 1992 with Melo-D and Rhettmatic, but has done just as much on his own as in a group setting. He began DJing in the mid-'80s with a California group named PSK. Soon after forming, the Beat Junkies became a seminal force in the rise of instrumental hip-hop, including core member Babu plus future stars Shortkut and D-Styles.

In addition to numerous mixtapes and his own production for Stones Throw releases, J. Rocc has been the DJ for Madlib's live shows since the early 2000's, was the 3rd member of Jaylib (Madlib & J Dilla) during the group's live events, and collaborated with Madlib on Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute to J Dilla.

J. Rocc is currently working on a solo album for Stones Throw.

Jay Daniel

Jay Daniel is one of the brightest emerging stars in the latest generation of Detroit electronic music artists. He is also a part of the legacy of the motor city sound with a mother, namely Naomi Daniel, who is the voice behind Planet-E classics' "Stars" and "Feel the Fire," both of which were produced by Carl Craig & released in the early 90's.

He holds a residency with his friend and musical guide, Kyle Hall in Detroit and has been steadily building his profile since his acclaimed debut at Movement Festival Detroit in 2012. Boiler Room called him "one of the most exciting new discoveries we made in Detroit. Jay Daniel is officially our new favorite DJ. Incredible talent", a prediction that is more than clearly holding true. Since then Jay has been working hard on developing his productions and is set to have his first release on Theo Parrish' Sound Signature in September 2013. He will round out the year with a release on Kyle Hall's Wild Oats label.

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