Q&A with Ben
DJ Ben Shipway’s love of music is what brought him to join the G&M Event Group Team. His background as a drummer and his experience in Music Production combine to make him an amazing and creative DJ.
Whether it’s a relaxed playlist during dinner or a action packed dance set, Ben has the skill and talent to make it happen.
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Q & A with Ben
What events do you enjoy / specialise in?
I specialise in mixed crowd events, where multiple tastes need to be catered to while keeping the music coherent. I love any event that is high energy, regardless of the reason whether school disco, formal, corporate or wedding.
When not performing what do you listen to for pleasure?
I listen to Deep House, 90s & 2000s RnB, Motown and Funk. I also have a soft spot for Bruno Mars, The Weeknd & Justin Timberlake.
What do you do in your free time?
I spend a lot of my free time working on mixes and mashups and finding new combinations of songs. I love going to the gym and hanging out with friends. Whenever I have a day off there is a pretty good chance you will find me at the beach.
What makes you different to other DJs?
I enjoy an extremely diverse range of music and I love the different styles for different reasons. I love Disco, Funk and Soul for the rhythm and the pure gravitational pull to the dance floor. I love RnB because it is sexy and fun and I love the epic rock and roll singalongs that create a feeling of unity on the dance floor.
I get a lot of satisfaction from combining tracks from different styles and eras to create an experience that brings together people of all ages to enjoy the dance floor together. Playing to a private event requires a different focus than playing in a club and a greater eye for detail in how people are responding to your selections.
What is your favourite moment as a DJ?
I don’t have one favourite moment as there are a lot of memorable moments that have left me in an afterglow for the entire drive home from the event. My favourite feeling is during dessert when you are starting to build up the energy ready for dancing, everyone’s voices get louder and the energy of the entire room changes. People start to groove in their chairs and friends sing along to songs that represent shared memories. It is the time of the night when the focus shifts to fun, and it happens long before anybody’s feet hit the dance floor.
What would your dream event to DJ be?
DJing for the Tesla Christmas party where Elon Musk raps the entirety of Getting’ Jiggy Wit’ It and they pay me by giving me a space ship.
Event Blogs & Videos
Ben was incredible!! From the first time we spoke to Ben we knew our wedding day was in safe hands. He made us feel comfortable and I knew he would make the right song choices for the ceremony and throughout the night. We chose our special songs and left the rest up to him and he didn’t disappoint! I highly recommend Ben for any function!#DJBenShipwayStacey & Michael
Mark and I could not recommend G&M & DJ Ben enough, he was incredible, from the first meet up he knew exactly what we would need to complete our Wedding Day! Our day was magical like a fairytale and I can still remember all our favourite songs playing throughout the entire afternoon into the evening. Trust me you want Ben he is the best in the business!!!!#DJBenShipwayKimberley & Mark
Ben is seriously next level! He’s extremely professional + very easy to get along with. He gave us great advice on not only music choices but also other scary wedding stuff. Thanks for all your support and hard work Ben 🙂#DJBenShipwayLeah & James
We cannot speak highly enough of Ben. He has been awesome through every stage of the Wedding. Always free to speak and help us through any worries we had. The setup of the room was amazing and the music was absolutely on point. Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a blast of a night. Ben also put together a special something for our first dance and it was magical. Ben is super professional, fun, easy-going and very thoughtful. He goes above and beyond to create an unforgettable night. Would definitely recommend him to anyone. Thanks for everything mate!#DJBenShipwayAlex & Michael
Thanks Ben, you did an amazing job for our wedding. The playlist you created was spot on and banging! Thanks for playing the dance floor to a tee and listening to our recommendations. Finally a wedding without love shack and the Macarena.#DJBenShipwayNick & Lisa
My DJ Ben was awesome and tailored the music just how I wanted it. I would highly recommend and would definitely use them again, ask for Ben! 🙂#DJBenShipwaySarah