DJ Ron Slomowicz: When did you first start listening to dance music?
Benny Benassi: When I was about fifteen.
RS: Were you an active club kid?
Benny: Yes. I went to discotheques as a young teenager.
RS: Did you start as a DJ or a producer?
Benny: I've been DJing professionally for fifteen years and producing vaguely for ten and seriously for five.
RS: Your bio mentions that you worked with Larry Pignagnoli. Were you part of any of his earlier projects like Whigfield or JK?
Benny: With Larry, I worked on the KMC project before the Benny Benassi, The Biz and the Benassi Bros thing started up. Larry is really the person I have to thank for all of this, together with my studio partner and cousin, Alle.
RS: What does KMC stand for?
Benny: You don't want to know!
RS: What inspired the sound of "Satisfaction"?
Benny: Alle concocted the bass line while listening to traffic from a hotel window on tour playing jazz saxophone. The rest came naturally.
RS: How do you get your bending sound - are you using a lever or portamento ?
Benny: Can't let out all our secrets!
RS: Which came first - the track or the vocals to "Satisfaction"?
Benny: First the bassline and then it just flowed.
RS: Who wrote the lyrics?
Benny: Alle did.
RS: Was the Biz created for the song or were the Biz already a group?
Benny: The Biz already worked in the studio with us as a group and individually.
RS: When you made the song, did you have any idea it would be so big?
Benny: I guess we all sensed it would be big in the clubs. We couldn't imagine it would cross over so heavily.