Nightlife Icon Danny Tenaglia Steps Away from the DJ Booth

Legendary DJ Danny Tenaglia wrote his fans a long resignation letter  on his Facebook wall earlier this week. The DJ who has played at the Winter Music Conference 26 years in a row and performed sets in Ibiza every year since 2000 is now looking to stop grueling schedule that has taken him around the world for the better part of three decades.

From the time Tenaglia started going to spots like Paradise Garage in 1979 until this week, he has been responsible for dozens of albums, hundreds of remixes and thousands of performances. His name is mentioned in the same breath as iconic DJs like Tiesto and Little Louie Vega. They were superstar DJ’s before everyone with an iPad could claim to be a DJ. He helped raise the act of driving a party through music to an art form.

Danny outlined much of his longevity and work in the letter to his fans, but house heads don’t need to be told what he has done for house music and nightlife culture. After his final party at Pacha on April 28th, we can only hope that one of his fans is inspired by his work to create new music and leave their own mark on New York nightlife.

If you have any memories of music or performances from Danny’s long career, please feel free to share them with us.

Have fun.

G

The House DJ as a Marathon Man

New EDM magazine Elektro and the New York Post ran a story today on A-List DJ Tiesto http://nyp.st/H96Gjv . This man regularly plays sets that run 14-18 hours at a time in places like Berlin, Ibiza and of course New York. When asked how he can maintain this epic pace, he credited exercise, diet and vitamins.

Tiesto isn’t the only DJ who has the stamina to spin all day and all night. I’ve been to Danny Tenaglia shows that were very similar. I went to the party, hung out for a few hours, went home slept, got up, got breakfast and went back to the club. Danny was still there. It was surreal, especially when you consider the fact that there were several hundred people in the club who never left. I love house and I love dancing, but I have never had that kind of stamina even when I was a much younger man. As a DJ in New York I never performed longer than 6 hours. Guys like Tiesto are just getting warmed up.

Is exercise and vitamins the only thing that keeps Tiesto going? Maybe…maybe not. I’m sure the estimated twenty million dollars he makes per year doesn’t hurt his motivation. Are his hundreds of followers able to keep up with him purely from their love of house music? Maybe…maybe not. One thing is certain. The popularity and dedication that fans have for a DJ like Tiesto isn’t part of the EDM fad currently dominating pop music. This movement in nightlife culture is long, strong and won’t be dying down any time soon.

Have fun.

G