Benny Benassi [Interview]

Benny Benassi, hailing from Italy, is one of the world’s most famous DJs.  While highly known for his hit single Satisfaction, Benassi has had a prolific career.

The amount of work Benassi has put into his career for more than a decade is seriously phenomenal. From his work with Benassi Bros to his solo albums, all of his collaborations, the different genres he has played with, and tour after tour he’s been on, the man has proven that he lives for this. If you have the chance to catch the last stretch of the Rough Road Tour, I strongly advise you take it.

To hear more about the man, and where to catch him live, check out our Rough Road Tour Preview.

You started DJing first and then shifted to production, as many electronic artists do. How did you bridge that gap?

My cousin and I started DJing together in the late 80’s, we grew up together with a strong passion for music. We moved to a production studio in the mid 1990’s and started producing music for various artists and from then on we knew this was where we wanted to be.
One thing led to another, I really connected with the techno dance sound which is what primarily inspired me and my cousin Alle to produce the sound I am so well known for.

You’ve collaborated with some of the world’s most noteworthy artists, across different genres. How is it working with people both from different countries, but also artists who are creating different sounds?

It’s fantastic. I believe in the message of cultural blending. Let’s listen to each other, respect each other and make music together. At one level, you could see it coming because club music has always been experimental just like Hip-Hop, Pop and R&B. They’re always looking for new sounds and new ideas, so it was unavoidable that sooner or later they would find each other.

I imagine it’s a much different process from producing with your cousin, Alle. Can you tell me more about that?

We’ve been working together for many years now. We keep it simple, we try to stay true to the music we like and every 10 years or so we make a record that crosses over; but it’s not planned in advance, I don’t think you can. It just happens and it helps keep the dream alive.

Over your career you’ve released a handful of full length records. How does the process of producing a full record compare to a smaller release?

It doesnt really work in a formulaic way.  My cousin and producer Alle and I just produce what we like and if it works then it works. Once we have enough Benny Benassi material and it fits together then we see if we can make it an album.

You’ll soon be embarking on a West Coast bus tour of northern America. I remember in 2010 you did something similar, but with your bicycle. What inspired both that tour and this one?

When I’m not touring I like to cycle! So the idea to do a tour by bike had been on my mind for ages but I kept putting it off. I finally decided to go for it and it seemed just the right time as it gave me some time and good weather to train and get fit. Driving across the states on a bus is actually one of the best ways to do it, so I’m really looking forward to kicking it off.

I know you’re planning on taking a bus this time around, but do you still ride your fixed gear?

I have been cycling since I was a kid. I’m always pedalling a fixed gear :-)

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