Juno Reactor are known for their cinematic fusion of electronic, global influences, and orchestral symphonic approach, collaborating with composer Don
Davis and composing for the musical score of The Matrix. Central to the project is Ben Watkins and his collaborations with a constantly changing
ensemble of musicians from across the world. Master percussionist Mabi Thobejane from South Africa, along with countrymen Amampondo, Steve Stevens,
Eduardo Niebla, Greg Ellis, Taz Alexander, Sugizo, Budgie (drummer) and recently Hamsika Iyer, Mali Mazel and Maggie Hikri.
Juno Reactor was formed as an art project in 1990. Watkins wanted to collaborate with other artists, producing exciting projects that were not
commercially driven. He wanted to experimental music and non-musical soundtracks that would work with installations, art pieces, and film
Juno Reactor released their first single, "Laughing Gas", in 1993 on the NovaMute label. This was soon followed by their debut album, Transmissions.
This release was the first artist album in the genre. Later, the band released Luciana on Alex Paterson's (The Orb) Inter-Modo label. Juno
Reactor left NovaMute and Inter-Modo in 1995 and signed with the UK label Blue Room Released to release the single "Guardian Angel". Their album
Beyond the Infinite was released in 1995.
The 1997 Wax Trax! Records/TVT Records release Bible of Dreams was Juno Reactor's fourth album. It had a much different sound than the previous
albums, and moved away from the traditional dance beats by implementing tribal influences. Watkins collaborated with Amampondo, a traditional South
African percussion act, on the single "Conga Fury". Watkins and Amampondo went on a five-week tour of the US, doing the opening for Moby. In 1998,
Juno Reactor played a live set with Amampondo at Glastonbury Festival. In 1999, the group collaborated with The Creatures on the track "Exterminating
Angel", featured on that group's album Anima Animus.
Watkins released the fifth Juno Reactor album, Shango, in 2000. It was the first of his albums on Metropolis Records. The first track from the album,
"Pistolero", was a collaboration with Billy Idol's guitarist, Steve Stevens. The track was featured during the trailer for the movie Once Upon a
Time in Mexico, as well as in the film itself. In the fall of 2002, Juno Reactor released a new single titled "Hotaka". It was
recorded in a Japanese studio overlooking Mt. Fuji. "Hotaka" featured Stevens on guitar, and included traditional Taiko drummers Gocoo. In 2003, the
album Odyssey 1992–2002 was released as a compilation of the best Juno Reactor tracks of the decade.
The sixth Juno Reactor album, Labyrinth, was released in October 2004, and featured Watkins' work from the Matrix films. The album once again
featured the tribal influences present in their music through tracks like "Conquistador II".
In 2006, Watkins was hired to compose an orchestral score for Brave Story, a Japanese anime feature film. Sony Japan released the soundtrack, which
was recorded at the Slovak Radio Concert Hall in Slovakia with the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. The album was written by "Ben Watkins aka Juno
In 2008 Ben Watkins collaborated with anime director Koji Morimoto for Genius Party Beyond, an anthology of short animated films from Studio
Juno Reactor's album Gods Monsters was released in March 2008, and featured the introduction of Ghetto Priest and Sugizo into the Juno Reactor
fold, along with Eduardo Niebla, Xavier Morel, and Yasmin Levy. In 2009, the band toured with drummer Budgie, of the band Siouxsie and the