Interview with Italian DJ Benny Benassi

Benny Benassi
Italian DJ Benny Benassi recently had a chat to us here at Rave It Up HQ about his new single featuring Ne-Yo, Let Me Go.
 
Hey Benny. Welcome to Rave It Up.
 
Congratulations on your new single with Ne-Yo titled Let Me Go.
This is the first time you two have worked together. How did you connect originally?

My management got in touch with his.. and it was love at first sight! I was looking for the right voice to set this track on fire. I was so thrilled when he said he wanted to record it.

Did you guys ever get to eventually meet?

We haven’t met yet, but we’re working on it. I’m still in awe of how it’s possible to be collaborate whilst on different continents. What would life be without internet?

This track was created during the pandemic so you two just traded digital files back and forth.
Was that challenging? How did you find that? Has it been something you do all the time anyway, or do you prefer having the in-person element more

It wasn’t difficult at all. Ne-Yo is a great artist and his whole team are true professionals. We shared files and ideas without any problems!

Can we expect a music video for this track too?

Stay tuned to find out!

Last week, you also had a screening in Rome for your new documentary Benny Benassi: Equilibrio. Another congratulations! How long has this project been in the pipeline?

Almost 3 years. It’s been a great adventure per se. As you can imagine, bringing back all these memories was really emotional for me.

What inspired this documentary idea?

My management team insisted that it was time to tell the story! And then we all worked creatively on how we wanted to tell it.

Was it hard to get used to the cameras being around all the time?

I still can’t get used to be around cameras all the time! But it was fun.

The film features cameos from artists like Tiesto, David Guetta, Steve Aoki and more.
How did you feel watching it all back? Was it really heart-warming and motivating?

It was incredible. I can’t find the right words to describe it.

When can we expect to see this ourselves in Australia?

We’re still tweaking some thing. Shouldn’t be long now.

You have also confirmed some US club tour dates for October and December with EDC Las Vegas Festival.
With such a long time off from touring because of the pandemic, how does it feel to get back out there and perform live? Have you needed to practice and create a new show again?

I had to look for new records and I worked with my team to personalise my set by creating something unique! have missed touring so much. It was absolutely wonderful to be out there again.

Did you struggle at all mental health wise when you couldn’t do live events anymore and were stuck at home? Do you have any tips for our audience?

I spent some time with my family and I tried to work on myself. You have to take the best from every situation, no matter how bad it looks.

We’ve always found stage names very interesting. Your real name is Marco so where did ‘Benny’ come from? Just a nickname from your last name?

Ahah, that’s a funny question! Benassi. Ben-assi. Benny Benassi. It’s always all about the sound!

And in 2001 when you released I Feel So Fine, you went by the name KMC. Where did that come?

It was an invented name at the time for a studio project with my cousin, Alle. I never dj’ed as KMC.

What advice would you give to the listeners who want to follow their dreams of becoming a DJ?

To find their sound and their own identity. To be themselves.

Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your 14-year-old self?

“Don’t be afraid of trying and experimenting new things!”

Thanks again for having a chat to us today Benny.

– Interviewed by Lauren Yeates

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