Emerging from Italy, world-class DJ & producer Benny Benassi is a name needing little introduction but deserving of wide acclaim. Having built a career and reputation spanning over fifteen years, this humble, authentic and charming artist has grown from club DJ to festival king to multi-million selling record producer taking success in his stride. Having trademarked his unique infusion of house and electro early on, his music continues to inspire and evolve whilst still remaining true to the very core of the Benassi sound.
There is no better place to start delving into the rich history of the Benassi career than with his global smash “Satisfaction”. Spiraling this local DJ to international success overnight, “Satisfaction” and its game-changing music video were the launch pad into stardom for Benny. Created with his cousin and producer, Alle Benassi, and inspired by the car horns outside an open street-facing window, this single spiraled into the charts with a #1 in France, #2 in the UK and Germany. His then debut album Hypnotica naturally followed suit, reaching top 20 across nearly all parts of Europe within the first month of release.
The next few years for Benny were a culmination of successes, whether it be the major festivals he went on the play (Coachella, EDC, Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland to name a few) or his next artist album, Rock N Rave in 2008. The same year he won a Grammy Award for his groundbreaking remix of Public Enemy “Bring The Noise” further catapulting the Benassi name into stardom.
In 2011, Benny teamed up with a star-studded album cast for his album Electroman which featured T-Pain, Kelis, Jean-Baptiste and Apl.de.ap amongst others and most famously Gary Go with his chart-topping single “Cinema”. The Skrillex remix of “Cinema” not only went Gold in the US and platinum in Australia and Canada but won the Benassi’s another Grammy whilst holding firm in the iTunes top 10 dance chart for over 6 months.
Still, on this exceptional career high, Benny Benassi combined talents with Chris Brown to create one of the biggest cross-over dance records of its time with “Beautiful People”. The following years have been a measure of incredible world tours and releases, most notably his record “Dance The Pain Away” with John Legend, which premiered live on stage at Coachella with John himself.
2016 saw Benny released his first album in five years Danceaholic, an unexpected, stunning cocktail of already released tracks, two unreleased reworks of older singles and brand new songs, led by the hit summer anthem “Paradise”, once again with Chris Brown. “Paradise” stayed in the Top 50 UK charts for 10 weeks and boasts more than 50 million video views and close to 40 million Spotify streams.
Beyond his own productions he brought his sound to a wider musical audience with a flurry of high-profile remixes with the likes of Bobby Marley & The Wailers, Giorgio Moroder and the Rolling Stones, to name but a few; whilst maintaining a weekly radio show on the US heavy-weight iHeart Radio broadcasting to a staggering quarter of a billion listeners monthly.
Suffice to say if you can’t go far without hearing the name Benassi and it’s for a very good reason. Benny Benassi is the Legend with something to say.