Dub FX: Musician selling Olinda ‘sanctuary’ in ‘Ewok forest’
One of the original viral YouTube stars — who even showed Ed Sheeran a new way of making music — is selling his Olinda “sanctuary”.
Ben Stanford, better known by stage name Dub FX, is selling a three-bedroom house with stunning treetop views at 35 Upper Coonara Rd.
The 0.5ha property has a price guide of $900,000-$990,000.
Stanford, who rose to prominence with tracks Love Someone and Flow in the late 2000s, said coming home to the Olinda treehouse from whirlwind tours helped him de-stress.
“When I come home it’s like a sanctuary … we don’t really want to leave, it’s just that we’ve had the second child and the amount of touring that we do it doesn’t make sense.”
He thought he’d made a huge mistake after buying the house unseen, but significant work, including restumping the house, replacing the kitchen and creating a home studio with proper acoustics, turned it into a creative home.
“This house is such a cool party house – every New Year’s Eve we have banging parties up here,” he said.
“I’ve made it so you feel like you’re in an Ewok forest – it’s beautiful and peaceful and quiet.”
With new album Roots released January 31, Stanford said his home studio was a perfect environment for recording.
“I record all my albums there – I just released a new album which I recorded here.”
Living in a van and travelling around street performing his unique vocal looping and beatboxing in 2006, Stanford said social media opened doors for him.
“I had one of the first ever viral videos,” he said. “Festival promoters started booking me based on my YouTube videos.”
“I rode the very first wave of that and none of us really knew that’s what was happening — it was such a gradual thing.”
With over 30 million views on his Flow video, Dub FX even became known to another noted loop pedal performer, Ed Sheeran.
“He wrote that the first guy he saw looping was me,” Stanford said.
Bell Real Estate Olinda agent Elliot Bell said the property would appeal to “creative artistic types”.
“The way it’s been constructed it’s almost like a treehouse – it’s been designed to take advantage of those basically 180-degree views out into the forest,” he said.