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Benny Benassi
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Italian DJ/producer Benny Benassi holds steady in the poll, figuring in the Top 30 where he has been more or less since 'Satisfaction' stormed the international floors. He continues to have high profile gigs around the globe, and says: “With Alle [Benny's cousin] we continue to make the music we believe in without worrying too much about where it's going to go.”
He does admit, though, to being influenced by plenty of new sounds in the last 12 months. “I think the Benassi sound evolves all the time, but slowly!” he says. “I have been really enjoying the dubstep thing and Skrillex's remix of 'Cinema' was an eye-opener to me - respect to the new generation!”
As a result of this re-invigoration, Benny's had a busy year in the studio remixing Florence & The Machine and Far East Movement, and collaborating with US sensation Chris Brown on 'Beautiful People' and Gary Go on 'Cinema' (the latter even performed live with him at Creamfields and on tour in the US), but so too has there been a full-length album.
“I produce with Alle and we wanted to do an album that was half songs and half club tracks,” he explains. “We were very happy with the collaborations and support we got from some amazing artists - it was quite experimental for us to work with rappers, r&b singers and pop singers, and a great challenge!”