Danny Avila 1__ Feb 2013

At just seventeen years of age, Danny Avila has really hit the EDM world by storm. Upon his formal recognition by the top clubs in Spain and the one and only Fedde le Grand, Danny has had quite an eventful past several years. We were able to catch up with him just before his first set of the Generation Wild Tour in Chicago, Illinois. From his beginnings in the south of Spain to seeing his name headlining marquees, here is the extended interview with the Spanish wonderboy.

UPC: With several memorable years in the music industry under your belt, what are some goals you have set for yourself in 2013?

Danny: I think my goals this year were to play mainly in the biggest festivals, which are Ultra, Coachella, I mean, of course, Tomorrowland is one of the most important festivals too. Right now, I have Ultra and Coachella already confirmed, so I am more than happy. I just want to keep working on music and you know of course, my goal this year would be a number one on Beatport. But you never know, you just keep working.

UPC: Absolutely! I understand you got into the music scene at an early age, but what was your childhood like in Spain? Did you have other hobbies, or has it always been music?

Danny: No. I mean I used to wakeboard a lot. I was a Spanish Champion like two years in a row. But, then I broke my knee; it was too much for me. It was like at some point there were people telling me ‘You have to do that’ or ‘You have to do this,’ So you know, it was not funny anymore. So then, I decided to take it more as a hobby and just spend more time making music. But, sports have always been a big passion for me.

UPC: From seeing him in the hottest venues in Spain as a child to headlining shows with him as a young adult, could you please describe the first interactions you had with Fedde Le Grand, and the emotions you were feeling?

Danny: Fedde le Grand. Oh, a good guy. A very, very good person. Well, I met him when I was, I don’t know if I was 13 or 14 years old, I was in the backstage of a club called Dreamers. And somehow I could sneak into the club, into the booth, and he was so nice, so friendly. He played an amazing set. So, I was so impressed that I was like I want to be like him when I’m older. I just started working harder like everyday, everyday, everyday. And the year after, I saw him again play in the same club. And one year after, I had the chance to play in a club in Spain and I was opening for him. And I was also closing for him and in the end he was filming me with his own phone. And, I was like, phew, I can’t believe it. And then, he was like ‘Man, you need to work. You are very good. Keep going. Keep going.’ And since that, I just have a very good relationship with him.

UPC: After securing residencies, along with your hour-long program “Ready To Jump” getting picked up by SiriusXM satellite radio, how have these experiences helped you develop as an artist and performer?

Danny: For me, to be an artist, it’s not all about DJing and producing. Especially nowadays, it’s all about having your own platform, which means that you have your own radio show, your own label, and you also support different artists. That’s what I think I want to do in the future. I want to support friends that are producers that I know and I know they make really good music. So the radio show is one of these things that I want to do. For example, right now, it’s basically like a one hour mix and little by little, I’m adding things like little IDs, little voices, now I am going to introduce the tracks, then during this month I want them to be part of a show, everyday having 15 minute guest set, they introduce the tracks. So then, I can add things to the show.

UPC: What is your favorite part about touring? What is your least favorite?

Danny: Okay, start with the worst part of touring, the flights! Ah, I hate it! Especially the delays! Oh! [chuckles] My favorite part of touring? I think its pretty much everything like meeting so many people, great people, getting props from other DJs that you meet on the road, and seeing places that I’ve never seen before. Like everything.

UPC: What is Deniz Koyu like back stage?

Danny: Deniz Koyu, he is so much fun. He is such a great guy. He is so professional. For me, he is one of the top five producers right now in the world. And he is so down to earth. He’s so nice with everyone. And backstage, he so much fun, he likes to party a lot. But, he is a very nice guy.

UPC: We know that you like your more tropical climates, but how are you dealing with the Chicago?

Danny: Chicago. You mean the weather, right?

UPC: Yes.

Danny: Well, I hate cold. That’s why because I lived in Marbella, which is in the south part of Spain and it was so warm during the whole year. And then I moved to Madrid, which is a bit colder, and I can tell you that I hate cold. So, thank God I going to be here for next 10 hours and then I leave! [Laughs] No, but the city is beautiful!

UPC: What sorts of things do you as a 17-year-old young adult do outside of music and shredding any kind of board?

Danny: Well, once in a while, I like to take a break and just hang out with my friends. I think it is also important. Otherwise, it is too much. Always music and music in your ears and [explosion noise]. It’s just too much. For example, in January I took two weeks off. I spent one week with all my friends and went to Marbella, just chilled. And then the other week of studio time, I finished a new track and then I’m rested and ready to go again.

UPC: When questioned about age you’ve responded, “it’s the results that count, not the age or the gender,” and clearly your results in just 17 years of age are incredible, so what are your words of inspiration to your fans of all ages?

Danny: As I told you before, I used to live in Marbella. I had everything there. Everything a 15 or 14 year old has. I had all my friends there, my school, my family, everything, you know? But, my passion was music, and there in Marbella I couldn’t really reach the next level. So, I was in a situation where either I stayed there, and I don’t do anything bigger, or I move to Madrid, which was a really, really hard decision, and I try to reach the next level. It was so worth it. I was the best decision of my life, but I can tell you that it was so hard in the first six months. No friends. Always alone. Everything. But in the end, my advice is always like, how do you say…  try to make your dreams come true, some how.

UPC: Live your dreams.

Danny: Yes, exactly. It’s always possible.

UPC: Do you have any words of wisdom for the independent music producers hoping to have their voices heard?

Danny: Especially now, there are so many producers because now everything is digital. And I didn’t even know how the hardware worked, but now with a laptop you can just make a track. There are so many producers. So, my advice is just try to find a bit of your own sound and then just keep working. Some people just release a track and then they forget it. Or they leave it for six months. Or one year. I think now the trick is one track, another one, another one, another one, another one; so the bus keeps going and keeps going.

UPC: Where do you wish your music to ultimately take you and your loved ones in the end?

Danny: I mean my life kind of changed in one year. Music is improving almost every month. So, to be honest, I have no idea. I hope that I have a lot of hits and I hope that I have a lot of number ones on Beatport. But, the only thing I want to do right now is to keep working hard on music and you know, the results will come.

UPC: Thanks again.

Danny: Super. Thank you very much for the interview.

Be sure to check out our review of the Generation Wild Tour Chicago and our interview with Mikael Weermets!