Bender (SF)
Bender (SF)  Whether it's a crowd of 10 or 10,000, Bender aka Ben Collins is sure to fill the room with smiling faces and sweaty brows with his unique, unrelenting style of dance floor laser tag. Repping his Kansas City roots to the fullest, this Midwest-coaster brought his rebel assault of original production and handpicked beats to the Bay Area in 2002. Bender hasn't looked back since, watching his rep grow as he collaborates with other beatsmiths including Mochipet and Sleepyhead. His most recent mix, "Kinda Sloppy, Really Wet" (available at www.thebeatregister.blogspot.com) is a testament to Bender's chameleon-like ability to blend beats and create a genre The Beat Register dubbed, "DirtyBassHipGlitchDownHouseDubTempoHop." Easily his most defining mix to date, it is Bender's personal narrative told thru an 80-minute mélange of original production and turntable magic. Bender takes a lifetime of influences from The Cure all the way to Megasoid and puts it together in a package so enticing you can't help your curiosity. For Bender, DJing isn't just fun and games; it's a chance to make every night Christmas for his listeners as he serves up musical eggnog leaving the crowd reeking of vermouth and bass. Within the past year, it's been holiday season every day for Bender as he's shared bills with top-shelf artists including, Flying Lotus, Eliot Lipp, and a slew of others.