DJ El Dopa – born Ben Klinger – is committed to the belief that quality music can make anything better. And quality music comes in many different forms, from all corners of the world. DJing since ’97, El Dopa’s knowledge and breadth of musical selections run deep, but his approach to DJing 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 people. The filmmaker Roberto Rossilini once said his role as an artist wasn’t necessarily to entertain, but to awaken one’s consciousness. Coincidentally, Ben’s DJ name comes from the movie Awakenings, in which the dopamine-derived drug “L-Dopa” is used by Dr. Oliver Sacks to “awaken” his patients from their listless state.
El Dopa is an avid researcher and advocate for the therapeutic use of music as medicine and in healing, recovery, teaching, and overall well-being.
We’re very excited to welcome him as our next featured guests for FEx Foreign Exchange on August 3rd.