Ben Watt

London, England.

Started out as a solo artist on London independent label Cherry Red Records (1981-83). Most well-known for his subsequent nine-album twenty-year career as a recording artist with Tracey Thorn in Everything But The Girl (1982-2002).

Stepping back from the mainstream, he co-founded the underground London club night, Lazy Dog (1998-2003), and with it a lateral career as an international deep house DJ (bringing residencies at The End London, Cielo New York and We Love Space Ibiza).

Co-owned and ran music policy at two west London clubs (Cherry Jam, Neighbourhood) for three years before quitting in 2003 to set up his own indie record label Buzzin' Fly specialising in electronic dance music. Sister alt-indie imprint Strange Feeling launched in 2006.

Became a resident DJ on BBC 6Music’s flagship electronic music show, the 6Mix in 2010 after four years on Galaxy and Kiss. Board member at AIM (Association Of Independent Music) 2010-2012. In 2013 he parked Buzzin' Fly to focus on his own work again.

Returning to his guitar and songwriting roots, a new solo album recorded with Ewan Pearson and Bernard Butler is due 2014.

Away from music his 1996 memoir ‘Patient’ - about surviving a near-fatal illness in the early nineties - was shortlisted for the Esquire Non-fiction Book of the Year, and was voted a Sunday Times Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The follow-up, ‘Romany and Tom’ - about his parents and the post-war years, childhood and old age - is published by Bloomsbury in 2014.

He lives in London with wife Tracey Thorn and their three children.

(Photo by Edward Bishop)