Clubmaster Benny Benassi's Career

Clubmaster Benny Benassi's Career

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Benny Benassi first made it big with his hit song Satisfaction, with which he made his name around the world in 2002. Satisfaction was not his first hit, however, as the year before, Benassi had gotten to the top of the Italian and UK charts with the song “I Feel So Fine” which he released under the name KMC. The native of Reggio Emilia, Italy says that he started listening to dance music when he was 15 years old and that his work is greatly influenced by electronica from the 1980s. Benassi got started in music DJing with his cousin Alle and as a part of the Off Limits team.

 

Benassi is in great demand as a remixer. His criteria for choosing to do a remix? Benassi says that first, he has to like the artist and the track, then he has to be sure that he can do something good with the song. Benassi has worked artists like Outkast, Iggy Pop, Public Enemy and Goldfrapp.

 

He has created five albums thus far:

  • His first album, Hypnotica, was released 2003 and featured The Biz, a vocal duo with which Benassi has often collaborated. The Biz consists of Paul French and Violeta Claudia. Hypnotica featured Benassi’s signature song, Satisfaction.

 

  • In 2004, Benassi, teaming up with his cousin Alle again as the Benassi Bros, released Pumphonia. The album featured The Biz (or one of the two members) on six of the twelve tracks.

 

  • 2005 saw him releasing Phobia, again as a part of the Benassi Bros. Only one song on the album features The Biz’s Paul French.

 

  • Benassi would next come out with an album in 2008. The album, Rock ‘n’ Rave would feature remixes of songs by Public Enemy and IggyPop.

 

  • Benassi’s latest album was released in 2011 is Electroman and while reviews have been less stellar than those for Hypnotica, it is still widely considered to be a competent effort. The album features a variety of well-known popstars, including apl.de.ap from the Blackeyed Peas, T-Pain and Kelis.