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Questions Top100 DJs 2009 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:27

Electro-house leaning towards indie
Best known for: 
'Satisfaction' and his remix of Madonna's 'Celebration'
Tune of the year: 
There's a Red Hot Chili Peppers bootleg that's not bad.
Gig of 2009: 
Red Rock Festival in Denver
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2009: 
Crookers and The Bloody Beetroots
The track that changed your life: 
'O Sole Mio'
What makes a good DJ great: 
When a good DJ works with a great producer.
Most underrated DJ: 
Tiësto maybe?
Biggest challenge this year: 
Playing in a beautiful old piazza in my home town to the surprise (and contempt) of art professors watching their amazing historic architecture turn into a rave venue.
Top tech toy: 
The Monome. I'll never master it but when Alle uses it and all those coloured lights go on…

Benny Benassi has cause to smile. He's only gone and got himself into Madonna's good books - she picked his mix for the official video release of her single 'Celebration'. "This was especially gratifying," beams Benny. It's been another great year for Benny, the hot trotting Italian 'Satisfaction' superstar, who has recently been building his own studio with his cousin and studio partner, Alle. Together they have also formed their own production company, Basic Music. "It's a formative experience, but I think it's time we stood on our two feet now. It's all very stimulating," says Benny, although he admits he and his cousin do tend to bicker. "We're like Tom and Jerry, but ten years down the road and people are still dancing to what we do, so we must be doing something right!" Firing on all remixing cylinders, Benassi has given his magic touch to Mika, Shakira, Flo Rida and Kid Cudi lately and when he plays out it's at full throttle, with his beefed up sets fuelled by indie anthems and house classics. He's got his sights set on a bi-monthly residency in New York next year and has just begun work on a new album. "It's still in the early stages, but we have a plan!" he says.