Monday, July 03, 2006
Juno Reactor & Amampondo
Juno's Ben Watkins is an amazing character, and his music has always been considered groundbreaking. When asked to label his style of music, he says:
I think it's a collision, music that's waiting for the crash.
What many people don't know is that Ben has had a close relationship with
The 1997 release Bible of Dreams, Juno's fourth album implemented tribal influences Amampondo on the single Conga fury. Ben and Amampondo went on a five week tour of the
Amampondo also worked with Billy Idol's rock god guitarist Steve Stevens on Juno's 5th album Shango in 2000. The first track from the album, Pistolero, was also featured in the trailer for the movie ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO.
Since then the guys have continued touring - the live performance is awesome, and made all the more striking when you see the live African element of percussion and drums, mixed with Ben's mind boggling performance.
Ben's main passion - and where he really shines - is the making of soundtracks for movies, and he's already got a string under his belt, with MORTAL KOMBAT and MORTAL KOMBAT ANNIHILATION, anime series TEXHNOLYZE, which featured their single Guardian Angel as its opening theme, he composed the score for Graham BakerÂs BEOWULF, and even had a track on the mid 80's film FERRIS BUELLERÂS DAY OFF.
Juno Reactor will be releasing a mini album on 8 July 2006 to coincide with the launch of the film Brave Story in
I think what really stands out in Ben's composition, is that he isn't scared to mix the old and the new, the traditional with the techno, cultures, languages and styles.
And its awesome to know that this knowledge gets to our local artists with every collaboration!