He's Got the Edge
A light-hearted Q&A with the people who make the Okanagan work


Ben Shipley
Contributed - Nov 15, 2019 - Got the Edge

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What business or organization are you involved with? Hotel Zero.

What is your role with that organization? DJ and music producer.

What’s your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? My favourite thing about living in the Okanagan is the green space. It’s so full of inspiration!

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? I would have lunch with Laidback Luke. He’s one of the most knowledgeable and wise people in the dance music scene right now, and I would love to hear more of what he has to say!

What’s your go-to happy place? My go-to happy place is most definitely Knox Mountain Park. It’s a great place to go ride a bike for a while and clear my head.

What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my brand new album, “Good Times.” I’ve spent six months working on it, and it’s the first thing I bring up whenever I’m talking about music!

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1: Go skydiving. I’ve never done it before, and I feel like it would be so exhilarating!
2. Visit small island nations and learn their culture. Pacific island culture has always interested me!
3. Go on tour across Canada. I’ve traveled far and wide across the country, but to visit new places because of my music would be amazing.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? This is a hard question. I’ve eaten a lot of weird things! What takes the cake though is a plate of tiny fried fish that had been fried whole and served. I ate it in Spain on a school trip, and I’m pretty proud to say I’m the only person in our group of about 30 who was able to finish it!

Latest movie or book? I haven’t seen many movies recently, but my all-time favourite movie is How To Train Your Dragon. That soundtrack is absolutely perfect.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? The best gift I’ve ever received is a recording interface and microphone. I could not have been more thankful for it as it has singlehandedly helped me become who I am today!

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? I’d spend it skiing, biking and deejaying!

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