In Conversation with Colin Benders (Klockworks)

One of the things I love about attending conferences like ADE and Sonar is stumbling across something truly mind blowing that you may not find in the mainstream. At ADE 2016 I was fortunate enough to stumble across a Modular Synth battle, featuring 3 extremely talented Dutch artists. One of those artists was Colin Benders, whose career has since gone from strength to strength, releasing with Ben Klock‘s Klockworks imprint and performing at Berghain.

Shortly after I returned home I caught up with Colin for a quick chat about ADE and his modular work.


We loved your performance at ADE this year (2016). You and two other Modular Synth artists went head to head at ADE Lab. Can you tell us more about it?
Thanks! The performance you saw was a joyful chaos. I had intended to go a bit more melodic during my set but ended up going for a more high energy approach. it was very messy but loads of fun.

Can you explain your modular set up?
My modular setup is intended to fully replace my studio, from sequencing beats and melodies to sound design and FX station. The only time I need a computer now is to simply press record.

How did you first get into modular synthesis?
I love electronic music but I hate working with computers, I’m an instrument lover so when I first discovered this format I was hooked instantly. this was about 6 years ago, by now I do nothing else.

What were your ADE highlights?
ADE was a bit of a blur to be honest, I’ve seen so much (both good and bad) that its hard to pinpoint one thing. but I think leaving Club Claire at 2 PM to crash on the terrace next door was definitely part of it. Also, Laurent Garnier was awesome.

What projects are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am preparing an electronic release, all modular based. I expect to be ready for release early next year. Also this is where I stream everything and where I build my tracks. all the cool bits are multi tracked and lined up for future releases. very community driven, loads of fun.

To learn more about Colin & his incredible work check out his website here