Magnetic Man is a live electronic music project consisting of dubstep producers and DJs Skream, Benga and Artwork.
They perform using three computers, one playing drum samples and loops, one playing basslines and the third playing lead sounds and samples. Artwork controls the master laptop, to which the other two are synchronised via midi. Their sets usually consist of a mix of original tracks produced together, and live remixes of Benga and Skream’s tracks, accompanied by synchronised projected visuals by Novak Collective.
They signed to Columbia Records in February 2010. Their first single on the label, I Need Air was released on the 26th July 2010. Their eponymous debut album was released on 11th October 2010 to mixed reviews – although most agreed that the album successfully married the dubstep formula with a more mainstream approach. All-Noise.co.uk said Magnetic Man “have made a mainstream dubstep album that also acts as a tent-pole for the genre as a whole ? establishing its own conventions along the way”.