In Conversation with DJ Danny Avila
This Festive season at Villa Hotels & Resorts, one of the highlights was the unique and feisty sounds of world-renowned Spanish DJ, Danny Avila. Bringing his signature electric house music and a highly energetic stage performance to the Maldives for the very first time, Danny Avila played at Paradise Island Resort during Christmas and at Sun Island Resort for New Year’s. Danny has been described as a burst of energy, with an integral part of his talent being his excellent ability to read the crowd as he plays outstanding sets for up to 10 hours at a time.
Villa Hotels & Resorts sat down with Danny at Paradise Island at the end of his trip to get to know more about him, his new brand Main Stage Techno and his experience in the Maldives.
Watch the video interview: https://youtu.be/3-NkoiZVIk8
Can you tell us more about your Maldives experience with Villa Hotels & Resorts over the last couple of weeks? What do you think of Paradise Island Resort and Sun Island Resort?
I have always wanted to come to the Maldives. Everyone always talks so highly of the destination. It is definitely a destination that I think you can’t quite imagine how amazing it is until you really experience it for yourself. Everything from the people to the experiences and activities, it’s amazing. I am so thrilled to be here with two of my friends, DJ duo Prophecy live and everything we have experienced on this trip has been mind blowing and incredible.
I would say Paradise Island is more intimate than Sun Island, as it is a smaller island, which we liked and we instantly fell in love with this resort and all the people working here. It is amazing how you get to know everyone so easily as it is really like a community here and everyone is so welcoming and friendly. We are really sad to be leaving actually, as we met so many people during our two weeks here. The people that work at the resorts have become our friends and we’ll definitely keep these memories forever. We had such an amazing time celebrating Christmas and New Year here in the Maldives.
Growing up in Spain, what motivated you to start DJing and can you tell us more about your roots and some of your early influences?
I have been around for a long time in this industry. I have been DJing for 12 years now, I started out when I was just 14 years’ old which is kind of crazy and I am 26 now. I started touring a bit when I was around 16 or 17. DJing is something that while I was growing up, I always knew that I wanted to do. Honestly when I look back, my career has been a crazy Rolla coaster. I feel now, that I am in the most comfortable place in my career. I think it takes time to develop your style and I have heard this from a lot of people in the industry, that it can take up to 10 years to really find your style and develop your career to the exact way that you want it. I feel I am really at that place. I am at a place where I am playing the music that I truly love. Over the years, I have tried many different things and many different sounds. I have taken it all into a good perspective and developed my style to how I want to be for the future.
You have been awarded in the top 100 DJ’s by DJ MAG, how do you feel about this achievement?
It is great, I love the support that I get from the people. I think it was incredible to be awarded in the top 100 DJ’s last year, I was voted 34 out of 100 in the world. However, I would say it is not my 100% focus at the moment. For me, it is about doing what feels right, no matter how the voting goes. I want to focus on playing the music that feels right to me. But the award is definitely something to be happy about for sure. I hope that we can keep climbing the charts each year. This new year we have some exciting things coming up!
You have described Main Stage Techno as the project of your life. Beyond music and everything you have done before. Can you tell us more about how you created Main Stage Techno?
Main Stage Techno is mostly about a community and a brand that I wanted to create. I wanted to support artists as I think there are a lot of underground artists and producers that create amazing music which is perhaps not played so much, especially on the main stage to a large audience. I wanted to bring everything together that I have done over the last 10 years and create a new sound. I started playing house music when I was 14 years old and I come from a very house and underground background. Back at the start of my career, I was playing in Ibiza at the Blue Marlin, Amnesia and Pacha clubs every week, trying out different genres and sounds and developing my unique style.
Over the years I have transitioned and come to reach this point. I would say that this year people can expect something different from me, this year I am going a bit darker and more techno. Main Stage Techno is definitely like my baby, it’s really very important to me and beyond anything I have ever done before. 2022 is really going to be a year for doing what feels right for me, and playing the music that feels right.
Can you tell us about how you plan for an upcoming set? What are some of the preparations that go into the production and finalizing the details?
There is a lot of preparation, but not in the way that I prepare just for one show. Every day I am preparing. Every day that I am in my studio, I am listening to tracks, preparing and being on top of everything that I am working on. I am definitely a workaholic. Even the people around me sometimes try to tell me to stop as I spend far too much time on my laptop and in the studio. For me it is all about spending as much time as I can focusing on my work. I simply love it and I think if you really love something, it isn’t really work anyway.
This two week break in the Maldives has been incredible. It has really been the reset that I needed after working nonstop. This past year and a half during the pandemic I got to spend a lot of time in the studio working and catching up on all the hours that I couldn’t spend in the studio before because I was busy touring. I focused on what I really wanted to do during this time. You can’t really put things into perspective until you spend some time alone to think about things. With that being said, I am so grateful for this break in the Maldives. I am coming back to Madrid with so much energy. I really have felt free during this trip at these amazing resorts. I have been doing so much watersports and wakeboarding which I love and used to do when I was young. Every day has been incredible. Even though I am pretty tired now as this morning we woke up at 6AM in the morning to record my set by the main pool here at Paradise Island, but this is what keeps me going.
Your last record of 2021 Imperium is one of your best yet! What can we expect from you in 2022?
Definitely a lot of music. I think more music than I have ever released before. Mainly because of all the time that I spent in my studio in Madrid, making as much music as possible. I wanted to release a lot of music especially with my brand Main Stage Techno. The records I have been releasing so far are not exactly the direction that I am going in for 2022, as I have been experimenting with a lot of different sounds. I think Imperium is a good introduction to my new direction as it’s more techno and it’s really a great record that I have been playing in all of my sets.
How do you see the future of the electric house music scene?
I think electronic music is at a very good point at the moment. The pandemic was a good way to refresh, like a total reset for the industry and the future of the music industry. There was a lot of bad moments for all artists, but I think for those that really worked a lot and kept creative and positive, it was definitely a productive time. There was a lot of times where I missed shows but I tried to turn this around and take it as something positive and use the time to be at home and create. I am excited to be on this journey and see how it develops.
What is one of the wildest things to have happened during one of your sets?
I was playing a festival in Romania for 80 thousand people and a friend of mine came up on stage and he wanted to take a photo with me in front of the crowd, and accidentally somehow he managed to push one of the cables out and the music completely dropped, but I managed to fix it in about 10 seconds, I don’t know how but I saved it! I am not sure if this is one of the wildest times, but it was definitely one of the worst moments for me. Thank God, I don’t think the music has ever stopped completely for me, in front of that many people.
To be honest, when I am on stage I am completely in control and don’t like to have too many people in the booth around me. The people I travel with also know that I don’t like many people on the stage, especially when I am playing several records at a time and I am in the zone concentrating on my set. When I finish my set then definitely I like to hang out with friends and enjoy the moment, but while I am playing I like to be completely focused.
Do you have a special message that you wish to share with your fans from the beautiful Paradise Island Maldives?
If you have the chance to come to the Maldives islands, I would definitely 100 percent recommend it. I think it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. For me, I have absolutely loved my time here. It was such a great experience to be here during the Christmas and New Year’s, playing in such stunning resorts. In deed the past few years have been up and down, I hope this new year 2022 brings health and happiness for everyone and we can really enjoy life!