Ben Prok and James Fitch aka Prok | Fitch have earned worldwide recognition as key players in the dark and techy realms of house. The prolific duo rarely catch their breath with releases coming out of their pores, though at no cost to quality – holding an impressive 16 weeks at the top of the Beatport charts with their Green Velvet collaboration, Sheeple.
The prolific duo rarely catch their breath with releases coming out of their pores
Between headlining sets around the globe, they’re flying HOME for not one but two sets to celebrate HOME Events’ 2nd birthday on 4 May. Starting off early at Colston Hall’s atrium and roof terrace, Prok | Fitch will then move the party over to The Doghouse till late. In honour of the date, there will be a suitably Star Wars theme running throughout the night, with attendees given the opportunity to side with the Empire or join the Rebellion.
1. What have you learned today?
Today has been a promo day: Have spent a large of chunk of the day listening to endless forthcoming releases and ended up with four tracks that we might play out. We’ve learned that perhaps going through all of the promos is more than likely a waste of time.
2. Which song by another artist most inspires you?
Mutually, pretty much anything Daft Punk have ever produced. Their sound is so unique and dancefloor friendly. We spend so much time crate digging for samples, these guys are the absolute masters.
The house scene is absolutely buzzing right now and a great place to be
3. Who are your top three acts right now?
The house scene is absolutely buzzing right now and a great place to be. There are lots of very talented emerging artists. Our current favourite three would be Joseph Edmund – makes solid tech-house and is not afraid of using a vocal. We always support his tunes in our DJ sets. Next up, Ben Sterling – loads of hype around Ben and rightfully so, with a barrage of support from across the board, he’s very much got his own vibe and no doubt an exciting career ahead of him. Finally, and by no means a new name, Josh Butler – he’s on fire. We play everything he produces. Technically his music sounds amazing and always works well in our sets.
4. It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again?
Funny enough, we recently did an edit of Double 99 Ripgroove, which has been doing this exact job! Having both been massive fans of the original, we’ve very much kept the vibe of the original and given it a modern spin with a rolling, subby bassline. It’s been a causing some serious damage. Can’t wait to drop this in Bristol in May.
It’s been a causing some serious damage. Can’t wait to drop this in Bristol in May
5. If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead?
That sounds like a horrendous nightmare! Previously James was a slave to the 9 till 5, training people to sell insurance, whilst Ben would be in Sussex at a county pub and most likely drinking and eating away the profits.
6. What was the last book you read?
Would love to say it was something cool, but sadly not at all – Alex Ferguson’s autobiography. Neither of us are fans of Man United, but there’s no doubt he’ll probably be the best manager of our generation.
7. Most recent binge watch?
Narcos – we’re absolutely obsessed with this and it makes our trips to Mexico even more enjoyable. Obviously with our job we spend a considerable amount of time on a plane, so binging on a series is a regular thing.
8. Do you have a party trick?
James has a very special talent of dealing with a ridiculous amount of shots and not getting too hammered. He’ll be demonstrating this in Bristol.
James has a very special talent of dealing with a ridiculous amount of shots
9. Tell us something people don’t generally know about you…
We’re both obsessed by food and we make a habit of trying pretty much anything, with the exception of dog, human and cat. No real shock, but the most unusual thing we ate was in Tokyo: burst in your mouth Cod reproductive sacks filled with, yes, warm cod semen… Not a very pleasant experience.
10. What are you doing tomorrow?
We currently couldn’t be any further from Bristol. At the moment we’re getting our sun fix down under and tomorrow we will be making our debut at the infamous Chinese Laundry in Sydney. The club is meant to be crazy, so can’t wait for that one.