"South West Four 2010 interviews - BENNY BENASSI | GoRockfest.Com - The Latest Rockfest, Artist's Live News"
Benny, it’s a pleasure to welcome you to SW4. Are you looking forward to performing at the festival?
For sure.... it’s been ages since I played a London festival, can’t wait.
How would you describe the London club scene?
To be honest, I spend most of my time in U.S.A. these days. I’ve been playing parties at Ministry of Sound that have been really great. But I haven’t been to see other DJs in London clubs over the last couple of years, so I would be an impostor if I tried to answer.
What can we expect from Benny Benassi at SW4?
I’ll do my best to enchant you. I have a few surprises up my sleeve.
Last year you were also placed #26 in the DJMag Top 100 DJ Poll which is obviously a massive achievement for any DJ. How does it make you feel that so many people like your music?
I am a very lucky person.
What is your top 3 favourite tunes of all time?
I have my favourite 3 records right now which are different from my favourite 3 records yesterday... and so on. Right now I’m really enjoying the new Felix da Housecat track.
Also, do you have a tune that hasn't left your records bag for a while?
Felix – Thee Anthem
Going back to the beginning of your music career, how did it all start for you?
As a kid I was really into Eighties electropop and disco...you know, Human League, Giorgio Moroder...I then started DJing in my local club. It was all vinyls back then, the golden age of twelve inches.
As House / Electro / Techno is ever changing, how would you describe your sound today to us?
A lot of critics say I’m electic. Actually I’m just confused.
We see you grew up in Reggio Emilia in Italy. What is the electronic music scene like there?
Amazing for such a small town, particularly on the production side. It’s the city that gave us Black Box and a host of pop-house hits like Whigfield, etc.
What can we expect from Benny Benassi in the next 12 months?
A new album and me touring California in a bicycle.
You have collaborated with and remixed a very wide range of artists. Do you have any exciting collaborations in the pipeline that we can look forward to?
A lot of exciting stuff on the album with great singers and writers you wouldn’t naturally expect to hear perform over the Benassi sound.
What has been your favourite gig in the last 12 months?
There have been many. I really enjoyed playing at Pacha in Ibiza with the Swedes. They put on a great party. Beatpatrol in Austria was awesome.
Do you have any surprises in store for us at SW4?
What's the craziest thing that has ever happened to you whilst on the decks?
Some are not fit for publishing, but one of my favourites is my manager falling asleep in the booth (in Canada) while I was playing. He was perched on a stool, actually leaning against a 5000 watt stack, snoring.