It’s a Monday afternoon in September and through the magic of Skype I am talking to Danny Tenaglia who is sitting in a hotel room in Montreal. He played a long set on Saturday night into Sunday morning, and instead of jetting back to his home in Miami only to have to fly to Vancouver to play his next gig, the DJ legend called an audible and decided to stay in town and relax.
“I’ve been here so many times but I’ve never stayed,” Tenaglia admits, addiing that he’s woefully underdressed for the brisk autumn weather. “It’s going down to 36 degrees tonight. I was like no-no-no. I wasn’t prepared for this. I only brought a little hoodie.”
Having interviewed Tenaglia many times over the years, and religiously catching his sets at Twilo (from 1995-1997) and Vinyl (from 1999-2004) back in the day, I confess that I’ve been a bit out of the loop about his exploits at Pacha in New York City. The first thing I tell him is how blown away I am by his Balance 025 compilation. A departure from the Hard & Soul sound he forged in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, the two-CD collection finds Tenaglia bringing his unique techy twist to techno with a track listing featuring sublime cuts by Nicole Moudaber, Thomas Schumacher, Regis and Lewis Fautzi.
“It’s been many years now since I moved myself a little more into the techno world where my sets peak, without ever forgetting what people like to hear from me — that New York/New Jersey/Chicago vibe, which is why I like to play long sets,” Tenaglia tells me. “But if I’m doing one of those two- or three-hour set — maybe I’m the headlining DJ or maybe I’m closing — I’ve gotta come on strong. Tech-house is what’s always helped me to jack up the party a bit.” Continue Reading