10 Minutes with Benny Benassi
We’re all super excited for Madonna’s appearance in Abu Dhabi in June, even more so now that Benny Benassi has scored the coveted spot as her support act! Benny, real name Marco Benassi, is a Grammy Award-winning Italian tech house DJ best known for his club hit Satisfaction. He is the DJ behind Chris Brown’s tune Beautiful People, and spends his time travelling the world to headline top festivals, and has earned the nickname ‘Godfather of Electro’. We caught up with Benny for a chat ahead of his gigs at Yas Arena on 3 and 4 June.
You produced three tracks on Madonna’s latest album, what was it like to work with the Queen of Pop?
It was an amazing experience – an honour and very stimulating. Madonna is extremely professional and knows exactly what she wants.
Do you ever get tired of playing your mega-hit Satisfaction?
That track kick-started my international career, I will never get tired of it! But I often play different remixes or just use some elements mixed over other songs.
How do you prepare for your gigs?
I don’t prepare my sets in great detail. I have a selection of tracks I’m feeling and then I need to feel the vibe from the crowd and take them on a musical journey. I’ll be thinking of Madonna fans when I prepare for this gig!
You’ve done remixes for the likes of Goldfrapp and OutKast, what’s been your fave song to recreate?
One of my favourites is the remix we did for Faithless. I’ve always been a big fan.
You’ve been to the UAE before, what keeps you coming back?
I’ve been to Dubai several times and I always enjoy the architecture, the location on the sea and the food!
Where do you keep your Grammy Award?
I keep it in the studio, on the coffee machine!
INFO: Tickets to Madonna's show priced at Dhs495 (general admission), Dhs695
(all-seated grandstand) and Dhs1,095 (golden circle), Dhs2,295 (VIP
hospitality package including a golden circle ticket, exclusive tour
gift, official tour program, a dedicated VIP reception, a commemorative
tour laminate, a private entrance to the concert site and a VIP parking
pass), Sunday 3 June and Monday 4 June 2012, Yas Arena, Yas Island, Abu
Dhabi, www.thinkflash.ae and Virgin Megastore outlets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.