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Questions Top100 DJs 2013 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:19

“Noisy and groovy.”
Best known for: 
“'Satisfaction', I think…”
Tune of the year: 
Lana Del Rey ‘Young Beautiful (Cedric Gervais Remix)'.”
“I don’t want to talk about money. It’s a side-effect of what I do.”
Have DJs' fees got out of hand?: 
“Yes it has and I don’t know why. But I’m glad it has.”
Has dance music become the new pop?: 
“A dachshund. They’re really smart.”
If you could be any animal, what would you be?: 
“Haha. Maybe politicians and football players should.”
Should DJs do "heart hands": 
“I don’t take drugs and have no opinion or judgement about those who choose to.”
Do DJs have a duty to speak out about drugs?: 
“Fantasy tonic water and fantasy orange juice.”

“It was amazing when John Legend came to perform my single ‘Dance the Pain Away’ with me at Coachella in April,” says the Italian DJ/ producer.“I do love American festivals.” Born and bred in Italy, Benny now divides his time between the “small village in the country in Northern Italy” where he lives and “lower Manhattan, which is slightly less peaceful”.

With tunes such as the 2003-released, synth-laden, electro house hit ‘Satisfaction’ and the lesser-known, dark electro-groover ‘Love Is Gonna Save Us’ under his belt, Benny’s already proved he can make a chart-buster as easily as he can craft an underground tune.

“I trace all of my musical influences back to when I was a kid, in the 1970s, and first listened to Giorgio Moroder,” says Benny. “It’s no coincidence that Daft Punk roped him in to work on their album. He’s a legend.”

When he’s not DJing at festivals, Benny spends time in the studio, working on his new album that’s coming soon. “There are some songs on there that’ll be balanced with a few loud club tracks,” says Benny. “Got to do some bangers so the hardcore fans will know I still mean it.”