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Benny Benassi

25 Things You Didn't Know

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    He goes by 'Benny' but his real name is Marco. Find out what else you may not know about the Italian producer/DJ...

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    He is from Italy, and was raised in Reggio Emilia.

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    He has released music under the moniker 'KMC' with his first hit being 'I feel So Fine.'

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    The original video to 'Satisfaction' was simply an almost still picture of the band, overlayed with graphics.

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    He produced a group with cousin Alle, called Benassi Bros.

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    His name 'Benny' stems back to his school days. In school, people would call him 'Benny' which came from his last name 'Benassi.'

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    He founded record label Pump-Kin Music which was focused on new and lesser-known DJs.

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    'Hit my Heart' opened The 2005 Victoria Secret Fashion Show.

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    The video for Benny Benassi vs. Iggy Pop, 'Electro Sixteen' in 2010 features more than 15,000 photos from his set at Electric Zoo.

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    He contributed to Chris Brown's hit 'Don’t Wake Me Up.'

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    He produced 3 tracks on Madonna's album 'MDNA' – 'Girl Gone Wild,' 'I'm Addicted,' and 'Best Friend.'

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    One of Benny's most successful tracks 'Satisfaction,' was featured in TV commercials for an Australian beer and Wendy's. It also appears in the movie 'White Chicks,' and the 'Beavis and Butt-head' episode 'Drones.'

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    Artists who have sampled Benny's 'Satisfaction' include Ludacris ('Ultimate Satisfaction') and Flo Rida ('Touch Me' incorporates parts of the track).

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    He earned his first Grammy in 2008 for his remix of Public Enemy’s 'Bring the Noise.'

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    His song with Gary Go 'Cinema' was included in the video game 'Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.'

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    Alongside Benny, 'Cinema' was also produced with his cousin Alle Benassi. The two still produce a lot of music together.

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    The music video for 'Cinema' not only features Benny and Gary Go, but Benny’s cousin Alle too.

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    Among his musical influences, he's named Giorgio Moroder, Carl Cox, and Paul Oakenfold as influential at the beginning of his career.

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    Benny likes to ride bikes. He's a cyclist and in recent years, rode down the California coastline, playing shows along the way to benefit World Bicycle Relief.

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    Recently, Benny has handpicked by Madonna to perform with her in Abu Dhabi.

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    Benny has been hailed by many as the 'Godfather of Electro.'

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    The melody from his song 'Feel Alive' is based on a remix of the main guitar riff from Eric Clapton's 1970 hit 'Layla.'

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    Besides Chris Brown, he's collaborated with superstars like T-Pain, Kelis, Ying Yang Twins, The Black Eyed Peas' apl.de.ap, and many more!

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    He has headlined performances at countless festivals around the globe (Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Movement, UV Nation and more.

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    Benny debuted his latest single 'Dance the Pain Away' featuring John Legend at Coachella in April. Legend made a special surprise appearance during Benny’s set to perform their new song.

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