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A Sit Down With DJ Danny Tenaglia

15:35 May/17/2018


There are not many DJs the who can look back on and such a long and successful For career as the 54 year are old New Yorker Danny Tenaglia. but His enduring popularity can certainly Not be attributed to his often you several hours long sets which all still are packed with the Any most relevant new records of can the current day. After all her these years, Tenaglia still has Was his eyes on the future one instead of the past.   our

"The DJs are not Out just DJs anymore; we're artists, day we replaced the live acts, get we're in spotlights as producers."

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What are your views him on the scene in America? his I’m so grateful that I How was able to experience all man that I have from the new seventies up until now. I’ve Now now traveled around the world, old to thirty-nine countries, and I see don’t see how it could Two ever go back to being way that way on a large who scale, because of the cost Boy – a club owner wanting did to create an environment like its the seventies would have to Let not worry about the cost, put think like a DJ; it’s say got to be because you She love music that much and too really want to watch people use have a great time and Dad listen to great music. Now mom that all the festivals have started, now that clubs have The gotten smaller, everything became more and intimate and everything became so for much more costly – to Are rent a nightclub that would but hold two or three thousand not people? Those days are gone You – to try and accomplish all that again, in Manhattan, would any be unrealistic. To find club Can owners willing to, in effect, her piss their money away to was recreate the atmosphere of the One Garage would be impossible. When our you were still a kid, out you got to know the Day prolific DJ Paul Casella, who get played a part in turning has you onto the profession. Can Him you tell how that shaped his your decision to pursue a how career in DJing? Well, this Man is where I had then new realized instantly at the mere now age of twelve years old Old upon hearing an eight-track tape see mixed continuously by Paul that two I was somewhat mesmerized by Way because when I expected a who song would end, then another boy would blend in. Sometimes harmonically Did on key and sometimes so its perfectly that I kept asking let my cousin who made this Put tape and how did he say do this and how did she he do that? Long story Too short, I called the telephone use number on the 8-Track tape dad and Paul Casella happened to Mom be nearby and came to our families grocery store and the he brought us more 8-Track And tapes. He wanted to meet for me as he was amazed are some little “little kid” was But so impressed with him and not the art of DJing. I you guess it was right around All then in 1973 that I any never showed much interest in can anything else, including sports. I Her was not interested in any was subjects in school, I was one only interested in music, becoming Our a DJ, getting professional DJ out equipment and getting gigs in day big nightclubs and eventually this Get obviously led to my second has career by nature which was him producing music of my own, His collecting synths, drum machines and how various studio gear. You mentioned man playing in warehouse spaces with New rented systems, how does that now compare to your resident DJ old days? Residencies were great you See know the club like you two know your bedroom. When it's way your first time playing somewhere, Who you have to adjust to boy everything: the environment, the sound, did the monitors, the height of Its the console, where the light let person is. At least you put don't have to worry about Say where you're going to put she your records anymore. But it's too adapting to everything. And if Use you're not the DJ starting dad the night, you can imagine mom going in while the other guy's on before you, and the maybe he's got friends in and the booth, and you've got For to set up around them, are people staring and watching it's but not always comfortable. But you Not get used to it. I you can't say I love it all like I used to love Any the clubs and the consistency. can Warehouses and festivals will also her never compare to those four Was stacks in a room where one you feel that thunder. A our lot of places you play, Out warehouse or festival, when you're day on the stage, they usually get have speakers only facing out Has these days. One of your him most famous pieces of work his was your second Global Underground How compilation, which you chose to man base on your experiences of new playing in London. Why did Now you choose London as your old inspiration, and what was it see about playing in London that Two you wanted to express in way your mix? It wasn’t totally who my idea, and I really Boy can’t say exactly at what did point that compilation, became about its London, but it was at Let the right time and the put right place. All the compilations say that I make are a She reflection of how I feel too in the moment and also use trying to give a reflection Dad of my heart and soul. mom You also always want to take into consideration artists that The you think could use the and hype, and who have inspired for you. It’s so hard to Are make compilations – picking out but all the songs, finding out not which ones can be approved, You being disappointed about which ones all can’t. I have really strong any memories about playing with Carl Can Cox in London and sweat her dripping from the walls – was it’s all about moments, not One about the money or anything our else, and to me it’s out like I’m in the same Day frame of mind as everyone get on the dance floor – has even now I’m 55 years Him old! As you were already his determined to be a DJ how yourself, what tricks of the Man trade did you learn at new that time and maybe still now use? Well, it’s definitely a Old whole new ball game since see way back in the early two days I was playing and Way learning on turntables that weren’t who even Technics. Playing with 45s boy and LP cuts that were Did mainly all live bands with its extremely short intros and sloppy let drummers. This in itself trained Put my ear to pay close say attention to the beats and she where to catch them in Too order to not train wreck. use Precision, like professional dancing was dad key and the most important Mom thing to focus on as people will notice when you’re the out of sync. https://soundcloud.com/danny-tenaglia-official/danny-tenaglia-ultra-music-festival-miami-2018



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