The Nightlife 5: Benny Benassi

by Marcos Colón
07.12.2011


In 1994 Benny Benassi began releasing music under "Benny." It wasn't until the massive release of his infectious track, titled "Satisfaction," that he added on "Benassi," taking the dance music world by storm. Fast forward years later, and he's one of the most recognized and talked about names in electronic music. From solo success, to collaborations with Kelis and T-Pain, there's no end to his success and work. He's recently released a highly anticipated album, Electroman, which includes tracks you've probably already heard at the club, like "Cinema," "Electroman," and "Spaceship."

We recently caught up with Benny Benassi for the latest edition of the Nightlife 5 where he chats about his favorite venues to play, his simple hospitality rider, and breaking barriers in house music.

Clubplanet: You're an award-winning artist, remixer, and producer! When you do find time to go out for a quiet drink, where is it and what's your poison of choice?

Benny Benassi:
First of all, I want to share the production credit with Alle Benassi, my producer and studio partner! I’m not a great drinker, sorry to disappoint you. It doesn’t go past a glass of wine at dinner and the occasional beer. I hardly ever drink anything harder. But I do care a lot about the quality of wine I drink.

Clubplanet: You recently released the highly anticipated solo album, Electroman. If there's one club that you're most excited to play this album at, which is it and why?

Benny Benassi:
Not one club specifically, but I look forward to playing it out at a few of my favorite haunts, which are Pacha in New York, Sankeys in Manchester, Ministry of Sound, London, Ruby Skye in San Francisco, The Guverment in Toronto, and a couple of others!

Clubplanet: There come a lot of perks when you're a world-renown DJ. What's one item on your hospitality rider that you can't perform without?

Benny Benassi:
There’s nothing on my hospitality rider I can’t do without! (laughs). It’s usually just water, Red Bull, and Coca Cola!

Clubplanet: You've had a very long and successful career, playing some of the biggest events and nightclubs around the world. What do you believed has changed the most in nightlife from the start of your career?

Benny Benassi:
I think a lot of the barriers between trance and house music have finally come down.

Clubplanet: After playing a long set of music, there's nothing better than a good meal. What and where is your favorite late-night bite that you wish you could take with you on tour?

Benny Benassi:
Room service!
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