Fans worldwide enjoy Spanish DJ and producer Danny Avila’s music. Cited as the ‘one to watch’ by Billboard magazine and MTV, he gives Haider Rifaat a glimpse into his music life

Tell us about your new song and its theme.

My most recent release Thinking About You is the first track from my new label NUMB3R5. I wanted to release it on my birthday because I’m able to express myself openly with this song. It encapsulates the sound I’ve been working on for the past two years.

Describe your DJ-ing style.

Good vibes. I just adore electronic music and am open to different genres. I suppose you can understand my style better after listening to my tracks and DJ sets.

When did you first connect with music?

As a teenager. I was obsessed and it wasn’t an option for me to not work in music. It’s all I ever wanted to do. The day I learnt how to produce, I didn’t want to stop.

You recently performed in Pakistan. How was the experience?

I had such a great time. Thanks so much to the crowd for being energetic. They seemed to have had as much fun as I did.

How are you managing such a tiresome touring schedule?

It takes getting used to, but I love it so much. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I enjoy meeting new people and seeing beautiful places. It’s a blessing.

“Tiësto is one of the greatest people in the music fraternity for sure. I have immense respect for him”

How do you keep up with your fast-paced life as a DJ?

By producing music that I want to listen to. Besides, I find some way to make my hectic routine fun. It may sound strange but it is true.

What does your music collection consist of ?

It comprises of tracks that I would want to hear on a night out or at the gym. I enjoy energetic music that relaxes me and makes me feel good about myself.

What key components do you consider while producing music ?

The details and sound of music on speakers. It’s good to keep that in mind.

What essential elements should a song have for it to be a masterpiece ?

A massive hook.

Which remixes do you usually play for a mass audience ?

It depends what kind of music I’m into that week.

What’s your go-to jam ?

I’m constantly playing my track Too Good to Be True with Machine Gun Kelly and The Vamps.

What was it like working with music legend Tiësto ?  

As epic as I’d expected it to be. He is a real mentor. Tiësto is one of the greatest people in the music fraternity for sure. I have immense respect for him.

An artist you want to team up with in the future ?

There are many artists I’d love to work with, such as Post Malone. He is impressive.

What’s keeping you busy these days ?

Everything – I love to be busy. If I’m not on tour, I prefer working out or writing my new tune.

Is there an album in the pipeline ?

I’ll let you know if there is, but not at the moment. Right now, my prime focus is single releases in the club and commercial world with Sony Music.

Which performance of yours has been the most memorable ?  

There are plenty; Tomorrowland, Airbeat One and Untold Festival. It feels great to perform for massive crowds.

Do you feel any difference performing at home versus abroad ?

Definitely. I think every country I go to has a different vibe.

What distinguishes Spanish music from mainstream music ?

Spanish music is very mainstream nowadays. There is Latin hype everywhere and Bad Bunny is just one example of a good Spanish artist.

How do you unwind ?

I love to wakeboard. I wish I had more time for it.

What are your plans for this year ?

Music, music and more music. So much stuff is yet to come that I can’t wait to share with you all.





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