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Benny Benassi
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Position: 
70

Questions Top100 DJs 2012 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:25

Style: 
House music
Best known for: 
Releasing 'Satisfaction' in 2002
Tune of the year: 
'Perfect Storm'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: 
Pink Is Punk
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 
Travelling at light speed. It would make touring easier!
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: 
The crowd, always! I'm playing because of them and I'm lucky to be able to do that.
What does EDM mean to you: 
It's just another label, it's all music!
Should celebrities be DJs: 
That's a tough one. If they can produce good music and love playing, it then I don't see why not. Everyone should be able to do what they love.
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: 
No
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: 
DJing is about playing music people want to hear - as long as you can do that, you can DJ.
Where's the next dance music capital: 
Who knows? It could be anywhere. Right now it's the USA.

Although he began DJing in the late '80s, Benny Benassi's solo breakthrough came in the first years of the 21st century, and since then, his mix of house and electro styles has seen his reputation as a DJ, producer and remixer establish him at the very top of his profession. Having recently applied his self-styled "pop music with electronic music underneath" approach to working with Madonna on her 'MDNA' album, Benny tells DJ Mag that you don't need mega studio facilities to produce.

"You need good ears and creativity to make good dance music. That's the key," he says. Summing up the past year by saying, "every year gets better because I still get to do what I love doing," Benny cites "playing the new Ibiza, which is Las Vegas" as a particular highlight of 2012. "All the genres of dance music are merging, house, electro, trance, dubstep... it's all rolling into the same thing" he reckons, and as to next year's plans? "I would love to tell you but they are top-secret."

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