Producer/DJ Benny Benassi is about to hit the road in October with Pink Is Punk, Congorock, and Krewella in tow for the Rough Road North American Bus Tour. The sprawling excursion kicks off in Austin, TX, on October 17th, and ends in Vancouver in early November. Naturally, Benassi has seen his share of the road over his 20-plus years behind the decks, and since he seems to be spending an inordinate amount of touring time in Texas, we threw a few questions his way to ask about his love for the Lone Star state and his favorite touring activities. Read on for the interview and to see all the tour dates.
So, what’s in store for this tour?
Everything and anything! I am touring with Pink Is Punk, Congorock, and Krewella, and have a brand new single out with Pink Is Punk called “Perfect Storm,” so that’s definitely going to be rough-road tested.
What’s the last horrible thing that happened to you on tour?
Not getting enough sleep is a bit of an issue, but all good!
And the best?
The best thing that happens on tour is when I get time to hire bicycles and go for a ride in the city I’m touring, and I also like to get up early and walk around rather than sleep in, even if I’ve gone to bed really late.
What do you most look forward to in Texas?
Everyone’s just crazy!
Is Texas’ love for electronic music growing in general? Or is it still a hard market to play?
Hey, I’m Italian and live in Italy. You’re asking me?! I love experiencing different crowds and feeling the buzz off a fresh audience. America in general is always a fantastic place to play with a great crowd.
Rough Road North American Bus Tour Dates
Wed 10/17 Austin TX Emo’s East*
Thu 10/18 Dallas, TX Lizard Lounge*
Fri 10/19 Houston, TX Stereo Live*
Sat 10/20 McAllen, TX Pharr Event Center*
Sun 10/21 San Antonio, TX Rio*
Tue 10/23 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Pavilion*
Wed 10/24 El Paso, TX Buchanan’s**
Thu 10/25 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre**
Fri 10/26 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena***
Fri 10/26 Las Vegas, NV Marquee****
Sat 10/27 Los Angeles, CA Exchange**
Sun 10/28 San Diego, CA Fluxx**
Tue 10/30 Santa Barbara, CA Earl Warren Showgrounds**
Thu 11/1 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre**
Fri 11/2 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo**
Sat 11/3 Vancouver, BC Celebrities**
*Krewella, Pink is Punk Supports
**Congorock, Pink is Punk Supports
***Appearing as part of Live 105 SpookFest
****Pink is Punk supports