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Benny Benassi
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Position: 
26

Questions Top100 DJs 2010 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:07

Style: 
Electro house
Best known for: 
Giving clubbers satisfaction
Tune of the year: 
Felix Da Housecat 'Thee Anthem (Eric Prydz Mix)'. I love what Eric Prydz does, but with Felix, the combination is just amazing
Gig of 2010: 
Coachella festival. I wish I'd spent the whole weekend there. The crowd just exploded with every tune I played
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2010: 
Congorock. He's really talented
Best new club visited this year: 
Favourite non-dance album of 2010: 
Plan B 'The Defamation Of Strickland Banks'
Essential three suitcase tour items: 
A good book, pyjamas, and a folding bicycle
Which actor would play you in a film of your life: 
Robert Downey Jr. A lot of people say we look alike. In New York, a restaurant owner didn't let me pay the bill and I kept very quiet in case he sussed I was Italian
Best thing about being a DJ: 
The chance to organise your time. Having a lot of free time - at least once upon a time!
Best end-of-the-night tune: 
The Velvet Underground & Nico 'Sunday Morning'
Benny Benassi is known for his cheery demeanour, but as we reach the fag-end of 2010, the great man is in particularly fine fettle. That's because his new album is almost in the bag (completed with his producer cousin Alle) and the fact that he can look back on the last 12 months with some degree of pride: in particular, his smash 12-inch, 'Spaceship' recorded with futuristic r&b icon Kelis. "The video in particular was great fun," he laughs. "That's when I met Kelis. She's gorgeous. A real pro and a lovely mum." And although he was hoping for more plays of 'Spaceship' on Radio 1 ("Pete Tong did support me, however, and that's always a big honour"), nothing can dampen his mood. So is there anyone else he'd like to work with? "Yeah!" he responds enthusiastically. "Some old school rockers: singers like Brian Johnson (AC/DC) or Ian Gillan (Deep Purple). That kind of voice sounds amazing over a compressed electro beat."

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