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Theory Recordings represents the independent music label originally founded by Ben Sims and Tony Dax, subsequently run by Ben Sims alone.

Since establishing Theory Recordings towards the end of 1997, London-based DJ / producer Ben Sims has undergone a swift rise to prominence within the global dance music community. His globally extensive DJ'ing performances have earned him a ranking amongst the world's top techno spinners, many of whom have fully embraced his studio production work.

Ben's DJ'ing apprenticeship began with hip hop at the tender age of ten. In the fifteen years since, his multi-styled turntable skills have developed into a precise compound of rhythm, texture and groove. Following on from spinning at parties, his long-running involvement with pirate radio began in 1991. A key figure in the establishment of London's Atmosphere FM, Ben subsequently took his skills to the clubs when the authorities began sanitising the airwaves in 1995.

After waiting patiently for both his music and confidence to develop, Ben's first release (Theory 001) paved the way for a whole new school of floor-friendly funk-based rhythms, gaining instantaneous recognition and prompting an influx of recording offers. During April 1998 he began to receive widespread recognition for his first Killabite release - a slamming EP of cut-up warehouse classics hammered by everyone from Jeff Mills to Carl Cox. Although the Killabite EP's were never intended for release, the records quickly gained cult status with DJ's on both sides of the techno / house axis, and in many ways set a precedent for the string of sample-based dancefloor tools that ensued. Since the launch of Theory, Ben's material has enjoyed success on numerous prestigious labels, such as Primate, Primevil, Code Red, Tresor, Phont Music and Pure Plastic. Following the completion of many reputable remix projects and the launch of four further labels - Hardgroove, Native, Symbolism and Ingoma - his records have found constant club application from many of the scene's most respected players, thus remaining in-situ in record boxes around the globe.

Sublabels: Hardgroove, Native, Symbolism.

Theory Recordings incorporates a wide range of remix artists, and to name a few: Christian Wünsch, Tobias Von Hofsten, Mr G, Oscar Mulero, The Memory Foundation, Paul Mac, Ritzi Lee, Mark Broom, Ben Sims, Reeko, Mark Ambrose, Oliver Kapp, Tony Dax, DJ Shufflemaster, Hardcell, Roku, Adam Jay, and many many others.