Spinning since 1997, DJ El Dopa’s (aka Ben Klinger’s) knowledge and variety of musical selections run deep, but his approach goes beyond the music to the people. With a degree in Sociology and emphasis in Ethnomusicology from UC Irvine, his keen understanding of people and the role music plays in our lives gives him a huge advantage in using music to touch, move, and awaken his audience. Sure, in his DJ sets you’ll hear some familiar sounds, but you’ll also be turned on to something new and captivating.
Born and raised in Los Angeles to an international family, Ben loves traveling and bringing his unique sounds to other cities, and at the same time being inspired by them. Having performed and toured in places like Brazil, London, Montréal, Hawaii, New York, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Texas and all over his native Southern California, he draws upon a wide array of musical influences from all corners of the globe, mixing together the best in beat-driven music. With so much good music out there, there is no room for mediocrity.
Ben’s approach to spinning has always been that of a storyteller. In fact, he sees the art of DJing as a way of telling a story and creating it at the same time. From the moment he plays his first record, a new story begins, and everyone in attendance plays a part. No matter how much preparation goes into it, the story is never fully pre-written. A true DJ needs to be in the moment…to find the right song for each and every moment.
In addition to DJing, El Dopa served as Project Manager & Music Supervisor on national marketing campaigns for Scion, Lexus, Casio, and the Harlem Globetrotters.