Q&A with Danny Tenaglia
Legendary is not a word we use lightly at Yohomo, but it most definitely applies to NYC DJ Danny Tenaglia. Guest author Mathieu Chantelois had a few questions for the Grammy nominated remixer, producer and DJ just before he lands in Toronto to swoosh hundreds of queers into a massive house music frenzy.
You’re one of the most sought-after DJs in the world, and refuse many gigs. Why did you agree to do the Green Space Festival?
I was in Toronto in 2017 and stopped by the TreeHouse Party to hear my DJ friends Oscar G and Tom Stephan spin. I remembered the day so vividly: it felt like home. It was so refreshing to be in a gay party that was not all about cha-cha and circuit beats. What I heard reminded me of the past, but the party was also about the moment with a good taste of the present and totally futuristic elements… All of this mixed together! Everything was just right.
You have a really special relationship with Canadians…
I feel like home in Toronto and Montreal. The people on the dancefloor are not on their phones. Whatever age the club kids are, they’re mature. They understand music and have a higher level of sophistication.
You’re giving back a huge chunk of your honorarium to The 519 Church Community Centre. Why?
How could I not? It’s simply the right thing to do. We all have to do our part and I’m honoured to be part of such well-produced event. We should all party more often for a cause that we care about. The 519 is the heart of Toronto’s community.
How do you feel about sharing the deck with The Black Madonna?
I never met her and can’t wait to hear her. I need your opinion, should I change my name to The White James Brown? (Laughs).
Is music still the answer?
Catch Danny Tenaglia at the Treehouse Party on Sunday, June 23 at The Bandshell at the Ex. This Q&A first appeared in Fugues in Monteal and was generously translated and given to us by Chantelois.