Dubstep pioneer just wants “to start a family.”
In a surprising turn of events, Benga has announced his engagement and retirement from DJing at the same time. The producer took to his Facebook page last night to declare:
im engage [sic] to Holly-Jae Treadgold the love of my life, my djing career is finished i just wanna start a family. big up to all my real supporters its been a lovely time
His Twitter account also went down around the same time.
Benga released his latest album, Chapter II, last year and has been making music for fifteen years despite being only 27 years of age. He first rose to fame alongside partner in crime Skream when, as teenagers, the pair became dubstep’s prodigal sons, crafting pioneering productions that helped shape the rise of the music into a worldwide phenomenon.
In 2010 he formed Magnetic Man alongside Skream and Artwork, taking the sound they’d helped birth to ever wider audiences. Since 2011 Skream and Benga have hosted their own weekly BBC Radio 1 show. If Benga’s claims of retirement are true, we’d assume that Skream may take solo reigns of the show.
We’ll update this if and when more news comes in. For now, let’s try to not make Benga’s future bride the Yoko Ono of dubstep.