Elan Benaroch (ESB) is a native of the Vancouver underground scene. He first heard the sounds that would trigger a lifelong pursuit in a little record shop named Rhythm Zone on Pender Street in Vancouver in the early 90’s . ‘” We would buy and trade records, Chicago house, hip house, techno, italo compilations, we didn’t really know what Dj’ing was”.
By chance he met Deepen’s founder Vernon Douglas, while looking at a DJ mixer he had for sale, and the two have been friends ever since. “I’m pretty sure we went to rave that very night!”
The Vancouver underground dance music scene was flourishing at the time, and Elan was highly influenced by the mixing styles in particular of Vancouver house legend DJ Tyler Stadius, Vernon Douglas, and other talented local DJ’s and producers. Elan soon learned the craft of mixing vinyl and played many afterhours spots into the wee hours of the morning.
The sound of deep, driving house music, disco-tinged cut ups, and the sounds that led the way to what would become tech house, were all part of his musical influences. In the 2000’s he formed a band with friend and fellow DJ and drummer Jess, which would eventually become Saturn space disco orchestra. He palyed analog synths and keyboards in the band and essentially kept the ‘space’ element in check.
His love for playing and programming synths extended to his own studio where his small setup of a sampler, sequencer and, analog synth eventually, over the course of of a decade or so, morphed into a full analog workshop.
Elan’s approach to production has not changed much since the early days of Deepen Discs (he appeared on Deepen release 001) . Simple arrangements, live mixing, analog synths and drum machines, gives a sort of detroit-style aesthetic, a texture and grit that makes his music reminiscent of the early days of house.
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