While some artists find strength in the world around them,
others source it from within. It’s that kind of internal poise
that’s led DJ and producer Ben Tom (a.k.a. Durben) from the
legendary days of Northern California’s late 1990s underground
rave scene to residencies and countless performances at San
Francisco’s hottest clubs to his current role with Temple SF, the
innovative SoMA headquarters of Temple nightclub, the Temple
Music Group and Prana Restaurant.
During his career, Ben has had the privilege of working with a
host of influential production crews, DJs, producers and artists.
After holding down residencies with rave world pioneers
Feelgood Entertainment and Coolworld Entertainment, Ben
continued his career with a series of residencies and bookings at
high-profile Bay Area clubs & parties, including Peach, Temple,
Remedy, Texture, Ruby Skye, Sound Factory, and Life. It was at
the Glas Kat in 2000 that Ben first met Paul Hemming, the DJ
and entrepreneur behind the Zen Compound and Temple Music
Group. The two remain friends to this day, with Ben currently
managing operations and music bookings at Temple nightclub.