In his zone from deep house to techno, Ben Annand pairs impeccably smooth mixing skills with a dynamic style that keeps the music moving, often flowing over breakdowns and always spending most of his time in the mix. “For me, a great mix is the interplay of 2 unique pieces of music, creating greater than the sum of the parts- and a great set weaves those mixes into a musical flow you can’t help but lose yourself in on the dance floor. Technology changed the game a lot but the goal remains the same.”
Ben learned to mix in 1996 and just 2 years later became resident dj at the famed Moontribe Gathering, and started his own production company, Tropical.
The first half of his career was mostly focused on DJing abroad, leading to 13 trips to Moscow’s Propaganda club, travel all over Russia, Spain, and Mexico, an appearance at Wiggle at Fabric in London and two at the Labyrinth Festival in Japan.
After marrying his love Jessica in 2009, Ben refocused efforts more locally, and is now one of the top West Coast festival DJs with recent appearances at Oregon Eclipse, Motion Notion (Can), Cascadia (WA), Lightning in a Bottle, Sunset Campout, and Desert Hearts (CA), among others. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Tropical has evolved to 500 person sold-out boat parties in the summer and the legendary Tropical Oasis Retreat which has brought together top artists from the West Coast 7 times in California and most recently, Kauai and Maui, Hawaii.
A breath of fresh air in the sometimes ego-dominated dj and party world, Ben has donated over $29,000 to charitable causes through Tropical. The winds of change are blowing for Ben Annand who left his teaching job a year ago, then 8 months later left Los Angeles, his home for 29 years, to move to Maui to produce the Tropical Oasis Retreat there. Now relocating with his family to Oregon, Ben is excited to be headed to the West Coast for another festival season