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♦FRIDAY | APRIL 25TH | 2014
♦ END OF CLASSES PARTY| UNION HALL | EDMONTON
Returning to Edmontonfor the first time in over two years…
❂ BENNYBENASSI ❂
Milan born Italian DJ/producer stalwart Benny Benassi – realname Marco Benassi – is widely regarded as one of the most charming, down toearth, internationally respected and treasured artists in the music industry.With over a decade to his illustrious career already, the chart-toppingmegastar has wholly managed to capture the hearts of multiple generations ofEDM fans across the world with his flawless trademark tech/electro/houseinfused sounds and charismatic performance flair. Whether he’s behind the boothor in the studio, there’s never a dull moment when Benny’s around and fortunatelyfor us, he’s showing no signs of slowing down whatsoever. Let’s indulge in alittle bit of history di Benassi…
Obviously no account of Mr Benassi’s star-spangled career couldpass without special mention of the international hit single that was ‘Satisfaction’.Unleashed on the world back in 2002, this globally celebrated record catapultedBenny from a once humble dance act into a world-famous artist almost overnight.Masterfully conjured up with first cousin and production partner in crimeAlessandro ‘Alle’ Benassi (the pair openly work together on all of Benny’smusical output to this day) the record saw huge success especially in Europe,as it shot to #1 in the Official Dance Chart in France for over four weeks, #2in the Official UK Top 40 singles chart and #2 in the Official Dance Chart inGermany to name but a few. His ensuing debut solo album ‘Hypnotica’ naturallyfollowed suit, reaching Top 20 status in the Official Album Sales Chart inFrance and remaining there for over a month, peaking at #5. The criticallyacclaimed LP was subsequently awarded the ‘European Border Breakers Award’ forracking up the most record sales for an Italian album outside of Italy.
2003 saw the irrepressible Benassi go on to win a whole host ofaccolades and noteworthy recognition. Bagging DJ Mag’s ‘Tune of the Year’,‘Revelation of the Year’ in the Italian Dance Music Awards, ‘Dance Revelationof the Year’ in the Danish Music Awards – not forgetting his nomination for NRJRadio’s International Revelation of the Year’ (France) – it started to becomeincreasingly clear that Benny Benassi had arrived in a seriously big way.
Having hit #18 (highest new entry) in the DJ Mag Top 100 pollthe previous year, 2005 then saw Benny release his second studio album ‘Phobia’– another titanic ‘Benassi Bros’ collaboration that instantly hit the Top 20 ofthe French Album Sales Chart. With 2 albums and some exceptional groundworkalready in place, Benny then used the latter part of the ‘noughties’ to furthercement his spot as one of the most in-demand DJs in the industry. Headlineperformances at countless festivals around the globe (Ultra Music Festival,Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Movement, UV Nation and Labour of Love toname just a few); a string of high-profile remixes and collaborations with thelikes of Madonna, Kelis and David Bowie; a third artist album ‘Rock n Rave’(2008); and a brand new radio show on Sirius XM’s Electric Area were just ahandful of stellar achievements – all of which bore worthy testament to the mightof this truly class act. Most noteworthy of all, however, was on 10th February2008, when Benny was awarded one of the most coveted accolades in music – aGrammy, for his exceptional rework of Public Enemy’s monster track Bring theNoise. This official recognition, coupled with his steady stream of success andachievement from the past decade would soon grab the attention of the mosteminent names in music, and take the Italian to previously unbeknownst heights.
Sure enough, in 2011 Benny Benassi hit the big time. Havingteamed up with Kelis, Apl.de.ap and Jean-Baptsiste for the colossal ‘Spaceship’single – the first to be taken from his 5th studio album ‘Electroman’ – Bennythen went on to join forces with R&B megastar Chris Brown to produce one ofthe biggest crossover records of the year. Reaching the Top 10 in the OfficialSingles charts in the UK and numerous other territories around the world‘Beautiful People’ shot the popular Italian maestro to undeniable internationalrecognition.
Just a few months later came the partnership with star vocalistGary Go that gave us ‘Cinema’. A chart-destroying EP of epic proportions, theoriginal radio edit went Gold in the USA and Platinum in both Australia andCanada, with Skrillex’s thunderous remix occupying the iTunes US Dance Top 10for over 6 months and swooping a Grammy for ‘Best Remixed Recording’ in theprocess. The successes continued to flood in as Benny soon received a call upfrom the queen of pop herself, Madonna. Released worldwide at the end of March2012, Madonna’s controversially titled twelfth studio album ‘MDNA’ featured 3tracks produced by Benny and Alle Benassi, including the single “Girl GoneWild” – a true honour for the Italian cousins.
If we’ve come to learn one thing about Benny Benassi it’s toexpect the unexpected. Whether it’s electrifying tens of thousands of EDMlovers with his world-beating skill behind the decks, or conjuring up awardwinning, platinum-selling productions in the comfort of his home studio withhis cousin and producer, Alle Benassi, by combining his innate raw talent withthe hard work, diligence and determination to everything he touches, Benny haswholly justified his position as one of the most beloved entertainers theindustry has to offer. Rest assured, there’ll be much more where this came from
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