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Tuff Questions is our series where we ask artists a selection of incredibly difficult questions.
Friend of the club, and cinema-lover, Benny Benassi, takes on the toughest questions in dance music this week.
Milan-born, Benny Benassi, burst into our collective consciousness with 2002 mega-hit "Satisfaction". Since then he's been a fixture at the World's biggest dance festivals and nightclubs, including Tomorrowland, Ultra and our very own London club.
In 2011 he released festival anthem, "Cinema" with singer-songwriter Gary Go. The single EP came with a host of remixes including Skrillex, Laidback Luke and Alex Gaudino. Tne years since the original release, Benny has insisted Swedish super duo Galantis for a funky house remixed, primed for a return to the dancefloor in 2021.
He's remixed everyone from Iggy Pop to Outkast, but what does his music smell like?
MoS: Describe your press shot in five words or less.
Benny: Essential, intense, cool.
House or Techno?
What does your music smell like?
What was the first song/album you bought with your own money?
Diana by Diana Ross.
What was your first email address?
What would you say in your tinder bio?
Funny, dynamic and whimsical ;)
Best way to cure a hangover?
What song would be your wrestling entrance theme?
"Eye Of The Tiger"
Who’s the biggest party animal in dance music?
You can only ever DJ B2B with one other person for the rest of your life, who is it?
If you could live in any other place and time, when and where would you pick?
New York, in the 80s.
Is a hotdog a sandwich?
Teetotal or tearing it up?
You can only ever play one record again for the rest of your life - what is it?
"Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door" by Bob Dylan.
Favourite production? (pick one) lazers, disco ball, strobe, Co2, LED screen, confetti, foam, nothing or other.
You can only wear one colour for the rest of your life, black is not an option, what colour do you choose?
What’s the best moment you’ve had on a dancefloor?
At Pacha, Ibiza when Guetta played "Satisfaction" many years ago.
What job would you do if you weren’t a musician?
Would you rather all your burps smell of eggs, or have a green cloud appear when you fart?
A green cloud.
What’s your biggest non-musical interest?
You’re forming a cheesy pop group in the vein of 5ive, Steps, Spice Girls etc. You must all sing and do choreographed dance routines. Which other 3 DJs do you want in your band?
A-Trak, Felix Da Housecat, Steve Aoki.
6 = 2(x+2) what is x?
What’s your secret weapon to rescue a dancefloor?
"Cinema" with Gary Go.
Strangest / funniest thing you’ve seen in a club?
Two fans that asked me to take a picture of them in front of my Billboard without recognising me!
What single thing would make your life better?
An electric car.
If you had your own nightclub, what would you call it, and what’s the dress code?
The Church. Suit and tie.
Why do lots of DJs wear masks? What’s the deal with that?
So they can send their friends to play at clubs instead of them.
What’s the most expensive thing you own?
Where is the strangest place you’ve DJed?
On a gondola in Venice while I was recording Panorama.
One piece of advice you would give your younger self?
Where’s the afters?