Benny Benassi at Opera Nightclub
(Coverage by ATL NIGHTLIFE)
Some of our favorite shots from the night include:
A crowd of 2,000+ at Opera Nightclub in front of superstar DJ, Benny Benassi
The line outside for Benny Benassi wrapped around Opera Nightclub
Local DJ Mike Czech (Music Fresh) delivered one of the best opening sets we’ve ever heard and got the crowd amped for Benassi’s epic performance
Some fans of Benny Benassi ready to get the night started
The cast of the Vampire Diaries was on the scene at Opera Nightclub
Benny Benassi keeping the crowd energy high
Energy. Excitement. Euphoria.
The show itself was incredibly fun, high-energy, and invigorating — Benny Benassi rocked out on stage, tantalizing us with his mixture of electro, techno and house dosed with minimalist flair.
Benny Benassi’s DJ style is easy to describe -- it’s kinda electro, sort of house-tec, dirty and cool, sweaty and smooth.
ATL Nightlife Q&A Spotlight with Benny Benassi
ATL Nightlife: You live in Italy but you prefer to play in the states and other parts of Europe. Why is that?
Benny Benassi: I prefer to play in the States because the sounds systems are “big” and the people are crazy for the sound of the bass, especially now, with the popularity of Electro and House music.
ATL Nightlife: In your opinion, what is the best music festival in the world?
Benny Benassi: It has to be “Coachella”, it’s coming up this Friday!
ATL Nightlife: What is your other passion in life besides DJing?
Benny Benassi: I’m Italian, so of course I like to cook. I cook with a lot of fish and I also like to infuse it with Asian flavors and spices.
ATL Nightlife: You love to dance, who gets your blood pumping on the dance floor?
Benny Benassi: I love Congorock, he’s a new DJ from Italy; he’s very big over in Europe. We are very lucky in the Italian community; we have a lot of talent like the Crookers, The Bloody Beetroots, etc. I’m also really into Shinichi Osawa from Japan right now.
ATL Nightlife: The release of “Satisfaction” was a game changer for you. Where do you go from here?
Benny Benassi: I’m working with my cousin, Alle Benassi, who is also my producer. We have a new Pop single coming out with Kelis, Apl (Black Eyed Peas), and the talented writer, Jean-Baptiste. Our direction is to blend funky bass lines with pop music and hopefully it’s receives well on the radio.
ATL Nightlife: Tell us about your latest projects?
Benny Benassi: We have a new studio in the works for our production company, Basic Music. And of course, we kicked off my USA tour tonight at Opera.
ATL Nightlife: Last time you were in town you played at the Tabernacle, how does it feel to be back?
Benny Benassi: I love Atlanta, last time I played with Crystal Method and it was a good crowd, big show.
ATL Nightlife: How does Opera Nightclub compare?
Benny Benassi: The crowd tonight was amazing! From the first track to the last, people were going crazy! I love the new setup on stage it makes for a good show.
Benny Benassi's performance on Wednesday, April 15th at Opera Nightclub was nothing short of epic and unforgettable.
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Article by Louis Nguyen
Creative Writer for ATL Nightlife
Louis Nguyen is a news correspondent for ATL Nightlife and an avid nightlife socialite. If you know Louis in real life, you know that: he’s a terrible idiot, a fake man, a lie lover, a gosling, pathologically anti-social, a bar fly, art whore, music dork, lethargic thinker, glorified wordsmith, and occasionally, he likes to drunk-dial your mom.
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