If you’ve been a fan of electronic music for at least a few years, one name that needs little introduction and always titillates is that of legendary Italian producer and DJ Benny Benassi. Benny has had one of the longest and most distinguished careers of anybody in the business, including winning a Grammy way back in 2008 and having traveled the world over many times.
We got the chance to have a little chat with the dance music legend as he’s just released his new track “Everybody Needs a Kiss” together with up and coming dance-pop duo Sofi Tukker. The song is a perfect summer anthem, seamlessly blending old-school house vibes with a thoroughly danceable beat and Sofi Tukker’s smooth vocals. Like most Benny tracks, it’s perfect for both the festival and the club.
Check out our interview with Benny below as he chatted with us about career highlights, new music, and his advice for young producers.
Hi Benny, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. You’ve been in this business for the better part of two decades now. Can you reflect on your career for us a little bit and tell us about what you’re proud to have accomplished and what’s left to accomplish for you?
“To be honest there have been many memorable moments where I feel like I have accomplished things I never imagined possible at the outset. I have played shows from Coachella to Red Rocks, actually the amount of locations is really breathtaking. I have been able to see the world. Plus winning a Grammy for the Public Enemy remix was definitely a really big moment for me. But, with what is yet to accomplish, I am just happy doing what I do. If I ever decide to stop making music I think I will end up cooking, gardening and riding my bike.”
Tell us about how the industry has changed since you first came up and how you’ve adapted with those changes to stay relevant?
“The industry changes constantly, but it is not so much about staying relevant as it is about picking a sound and staying with it, but also evolving. I’m working with a wider team now to stay fresh!”
Tell us about your new track with Sofi Tukker “Everybody Needs a Kiss.” How did this collaboration come about?
“We’re both on the same label, Ultra Records, and have friends in common. It just came naturally when we got to know each other.”
It sounds like they really look up to you. Are there any other young up and coming artists you’d like to work with in the future?
“I love them too, so it was a real honour and pleasure to work with them. There are so many good producers coming through at the moment. A lot of young talent….”
Any advice for other young producers out there?
“The only advice I would ever give to someone coming through trying to break into the scene is to be yourself and develop your own sound. The only way to stay relevant is to stay unique so don’t follow trends.”
What else do you have in store for the rest of the year? Any touring or festival appearances? Any other new tracks up your sleeve as well?
“A lot of touring, so many festivals all over Europe and North America and maybe some more music. You will have to wait and see! For now, I am just excited to release ‘Everybody Needs a Kiss’.”
Check out Benny Benassi and Sofi Tukker’s “Everybody Needs a Kiss,” out now on Ultra Records, below.