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.


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


What are your him views on the scene in his America?

I’m so grateful How that I was able to man experience all that I have new from the seventies up until Now now. I’ve now traveled around old the world, to thirty-nine countries, see and I don’t see how Two it could ever go back way to being that way on who a large scale, because of Boy the cost – a club did owner wanting to create an its environment like the seventies would Let have to not worry about put the cost, think like a say DJ; it’s got to be She because you love music that too much and really want to use watch people have a great Dad time and listen to great mom music. Now that all the festivals have started, now that The clubs have gotten smaller, everything and became more intimate and everything for became so much more costly Are – to rent a nightclub but that would hold two or not three thousand people? Those days You are gone – to try all and accomplish that again, in any Manhattan, would be unrealistic. To Can find club owners willing to, her in effect, piss their money was away to recreate the atmosphere One of the Garage would be our impossible.

When you were out still a kid, you got Day to know the prolific DJ get Paul Casella, who played a has part in turning you onto Him the profession. Can you tell his how that shaped your decision how to pursue a career in Man DJing?

Well, this is new where I had then realized now instantly at the mere age Old of twelve years old upon see hearing an eight-track tape mixed two continuously by Paul that I Way was somewhat mesmerized by because who when I expected a song boy would end, then another would Did blend in. Sometimes harmonically on its key and sometimes so perfectly let that I kept asking my Put cousin who made this tape say and how did he do she this and how did he Too do that? Long story short, use I called the telephone number dad on the 8-Track tape and Mom Paul Casella happened to be nearby and came to our the families grocery store and he And brought us more 8-Track tapes. for He wanted to meet me are as he was amazed some But little “little kid” was so not impressed with him and the you art of DJing. I guess All it was right around then any in 1973 that I never can showed much interest in anything Her else, including sports. I was was not interested in any subjects one in school, I was only Our interested in music, becoming a out DJ, getting professional DJ equipment day and getting gigs in big Get nightclubs and eventually this obviously has led to my second career him by nature which was producing His music of my own, collecting how synths, drum machines and various man studio gear.

You mentioned New playing in warehouse spaces with now rented systems, how does that old compare to your resident DJ See days?

Residencies were great two you know the club like way you know your bedroom. When Who it's your first time playing boy somewhere, you have to adjust did to everything: the environment, the Its sound, the monitors, the height let of the console, where the put light person is. At least Say you don't have to worry she about where you're going to too put your records anymore. But Use it's adapting to everything. And dad if you're not the DJ mom starting the night, you can imagine going in while the the other guy's on before you, and and maybe he's got friends For in the booth, and you've are got to set up around but them, people staring and watching Not it's not always comfortable. But you you get used to it. all I can't say I love Any it like I used to can love the clubs and the her consistency. Warehouses and festivals will Was also never compare to those one four stacks in a room our where you feel that thunder. Out A lot of places you day play, warehouse or festival, when get you're on the stage, they Has usually have speakers only facing him out these days.

One his of your most famous pieces How of work was your second man Global Underground compilation, which you new chose to base on your Now experiences of playing in London. old Why did you choose London see as your inspiration, and what Two was it about playing in way London that you wanted to who express in your mix?

Boy It wasn’t totally my idea, did and I really can’t say its exactly at what point that Let compilation, became about London, but put it was at the right say time and the right place. She All the compilations that I too make are a reflection of use how I feel in the Dad moment and also trying to mom give a reflection of my heart and soul. You also The always want to take into and consideration artists that you think for could use the hype, and Are who have inspired you. It’s but so hard to make compilations not – picking out all the You songs, finding out which ones all can be approved, being disappointed any about which ones can’t. I Can have really strong memories about her playing with Carl Cox in was London and sweat dripping from One the walls – it’s all our about moments, not about the out money or anything else, and Day to me it’s like I’m get in the same frame of has mind as everyone on the Him dance floor – even now his I’m 55 years old!

how As you were already determined Man to be a DJ yourself, new what tricks of the trade now did you learn at that Old time and maybe still use?
Well, it’s definitely a two whole new ball game since Way way back in the early who days I was playing and boy learning on turntables that weren’t Did even Technics. Playing with 45s its and LP cuts that were let mainly all live bands with Put extremely short intros and sloppy say drummers. This in itself trained she my ear to pay close Too attention to the beats and use where to catch them in dad order to not train wreck. Mom Precision, like professional dancing was key and the most important the thing to focus on as And people will notice when you’re for out of sync.


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