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Two Forge Radio (University of Sheffield) alumni take their passion for electronic dance music online!

Two graduates from Forge Radio in Sheffield have taken their love of electronic dance music to a new level by launching a new website dedicated to the genre. Ben Cooper and Chris McKay launched wearebpm.com after nearly 18 months of hard work and preparation. The pair, who began at Forge Radio on their award-winning House music show ‘The House Bandits’, have already secured interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Pete Tong, Benny Benassi and Porter Robinson, as well as an interview with Steve Angello already lined up for 2013.

The show was the official warm-up for the Students’ Union clubnight “Space” – one of the biggest weekly student clubnights in the UK. It featured upcoming local House DJs who joined Chris in the studio every week, along with stars like Andi Durrant, Avicii and Andy George. For the final show, they held an eight-hour marathon outside broadcast that was praised by Student Radio Award judges. Following their on-air success, 300 electronic dance music enthusiasts turned out for their first clubnight in Sheffield.

The website, which provides fans of House and Trance with the latest electronic dance music news, reviews, interviews and mixes, is the final piece of their multi-platform project. Their BPM brand also hosts clubnights around the UK, while the DJing duo are going to be entering the studio this month to start working on their own tracks.

Now both based in London, Ben and Chris are starting to build an electronic dance music empire under the “BPM” umbrella, with a growing reputation for their online news, the increasing popularity of their clubnights and the imminent studio sessions.

“We never really had any ambitions for it to evolve into this,” Ben said. “We just started out with a passion for the music and it went from there. The radio show progressed into the clubnight, which brought us to where we are today. We’ve both been fans of the music for the best part of two decades, so it’s been great to see the scene become so popular lately. It really has been a long time coming.”

The duo, who have been DJing together for four years, are always at the forefront of knowing the next big thing, with almost a decade of experience between them.

“After holding a successful clubnight in Sheffield we realised that there was so much more we could do, hence the launch of wearebpm.com,” Chris said. “Our philosophy has been consistent throughout – it’s not about the posing or the profits, just the party. We’ve made a point of only promoting music you can really get lost in; for us, electronic dance music has always been about the euphoria of the drop. That’s what makes the genre so special, and the incredible response we’ve had to our project so far shows how widely that feeling is shared.”

As BPM is a project run by fans of electronic dance music, Ben and Chris are always on the lookout for contributors. So if you’re an aspiring music journalist, DJ or producer, you can get in touch with them at info@wearebpm.com.

You can also follow the duo on Twitter @WeAreBPMUK or on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wearebpm.

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