Exclusive Interview with Danny Avila

Siam2nite had the opportunity to have an exclusive interview with Danny Avila, shortly before his performance at DND Club on 24th September.

Where are you answering these questions?

I’m currently at home in Madrid.

You play and produce Electro-, Progressive- and Tech House and are best known for your tracks “Voltage”, “Poseidon”, “Rasta Funk” and “Tronco”. What other tracks, remixes or mix-sets would you recommend to someone that is not yet familiar with your music?

Well, my latest single with Tujamo has just hit the stores. It’s called ‘Cream’ and was release via Spinnin Records. Also, I have another release coming up on twoloud’s label Playbox Music and more music in the making. I have been working with twoloud a lot in the past months, and had two releases on their label before, ‘Plastik’ and ‘Close Your Eyes’, the ladder being the Parookaville Festival 2015 anthem this year. As for the people who don’t know my sound. I have two radio shows, Ready To Jump, which is my EDM and electro house radio show and MORE which is the home for my deep and tech house passion. Both are available on my Soundcloud.

What is on your agenda for the near future and what are you currently working and focusing on?

Music and touring is on my agenda for now, I try to focus on music production when I’m in Madrid. On tour I’m bound to my laptop for that but it’s all working out great at the moment.

At the age of 16 you won the ‘Best Newcomer DJ’ at the prestigious Vicious Music Awards in 2011, in 2012 you were the youngest Resident DJ in the history of Pacha (Ibiza) and in 2013 you became the youngest Resident DJ in the history of Hakkasan (Las Vegas). Now, in 2015 - at the age of 20 – you play the mainstages of prestigious festivals such as Coachella, Ultra Music Festival (Miami & NYC), Electric Zoo, EDC, Creamfields and TomorrowWorld. Looking back on eventful and equally successful years, what were the best and the worst gigs you ever played and what were the funniest things that occurred during any of your performances?

That’s a tricky question. To be honest, I always think it’s unfair to the people organizing events to talk about “worst gig ever”. So, I always like to describe circumstances which made the whole experience especially memorable. For example, on NYE 2013/2014, I was supposed to play in South Africa. Just two nights before I had a show in Las Vegas and we were already very worried about the travel. It takes forever to get from the United States to South Africa, since there is or at least there was no direct connection. So I had to fly from LV to Chicago, from Chicago to Amsterdam, from Amsterdam to Johannesburg and from Johannesburg to Durban. Well, you can guess, this did not work out. There was a delay on the second flight, then all the connecting flights had to be re-booked on NYE. My team was on point here and for the last flight the promoter booked a private jet. I made it to the festival 15 minutes before my set and came to the mainstage about 5 minutes before. I hadn’t slept for over 36 hours. But that moment being there with all those people celebrating NYE was amazing. Plus, I stayed in SA for another 14 days for holidays, which was a dream come true. So it all turned out great in the end. Best festival experience in my life until now was definitely Miami 2015 at Ultra. That was over the top!

We had the pleasure to interview you back in 2014 on the occasion of your Thailand Debut, which was an exclusive invite-only event by AXE here in Bangkok. On September 24 you will return to Bangkok to play at DND Club. Did you keep your previous Bangkok performance – and Thailand in general - in good memory? What can the Bangkok crowd expect of your upcoming performance?

Yes, the event was great and the crowd really made my night. Bangkok is such a great city; I was always anxious to play there one day. First off, I’m bringing along my friend Nick Martin. There’s definitely going to be some superb new music, which I have been working on lately plus my edits and mashups of my favourite tunes at the moment. All in all I expect a wild show with loads of fun.

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