Ben, aka DJ El Dopa, is committed to the belief that quality music can make anything better. And quality music comes in many different forms, from all corners of the world.
DJing since 1997, El Dopa’s knowledge and breadth of musical selections are rivaled by few, and his ability to mix and weave them together to take the audience on a unique journey is rivaled by none. With a degree in Sociology and emphasis in Ethnomusicology from UC Irvine, Ben’s approach to DJing goes beyond the music to the people. His keen understanding of people and the role music plays in our lives gives him a huge advantage in using music to deliver an unforgettable experience.
Radio, clubs & bars, restaurants, hotels, advertising agencies, weddings, international brands, art openings, and house parties are some of the places where Ben has worked his musical magic over the years, from his native Southern California to Miami, New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Austin, Houston, Denver, and even overseas in London and Brazil. In 2012, El Dopa embarked on a Brazilian tour, playing 4 parties in 3 cities, including Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro. He’s also produced, managed, & licensed music projects on a national scale for brands such as Lexus, Casio, and Scion, for whom he helped develop the musical direction of the brand’s marketing strategy.
At the end of the day, nothing pleases El Dopa more than exposing people to great music, both unfamiliar and known, and taking them to their happy place.