A Chat with Danny Avila – Dreams, Ambition and a Life on the Road

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Spanish house and electro-house DJ and producer Danny Avila is back with a new exciting single, “Dreams”, dealing with challenging topics, like ambition and success. And he’s totally qualified to talk about them! At only 23 he has already toured the world and collaborated with top producers and artists in his field.

But the hustle never stops, and, after the successful release of “Dreams”, Danny has already big plans ahead.

“It’s one of my biggest goals to never slow down when it comes to music production,” he says. “There’s much more music coming and I also want to continue touring like the last years.”

It’s a long way to the top for driven artists, such as Danny, who, despite his great success, still has dreams to realize.

“My wildest dream would probably be to do a collaboration with Tiësto, Porter Robinson and Pharrell Williams,” he explains. “Success to me means to achieve what you want to achieve or even get beyond that point.”

Ambition is certainly an important aspect in everyone trying to make a name for him/herself in the music industry.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>A strong bond with personal musical influences is another key factor, quite useful to get inspiration and have a role model to look up to. Here’s Danny’s take on this matter: ”A lot of things influenced me over the time of my career. I think the younger you are, the more you’re being open to being influenced and that’s a good thing, since you can really learn from that. The more you develop and define yourself, the less you’re willing to let other people influence you. And in a way this makes you who you are, but it also blocks new ideas from getting to you. Musically speaking, I think Tiësto has been my biggest influence.”

Danny is particularly lucky as he had the opportunity to work with important DJs. “It’s like the best thing that can happen to you when you’re young and still learning,” he says about his collaborations. “These experiences have a way of pushing you even further than you expect. I don’t mean like generally in public, but from a producer or DJ point of view.”

These prestigious collaborations have an infinite value in terms of personal and artistic growth, especially in strengthening the focus on an artist’s aim. “I definitely learned that there is nothing you can’t do. If you want something, go for it, no matter how unrealistic it may seem,” Danny says.

One of the most interesting aspects in the life of a young and famous DJ is touring.

“The world has so much diversity to offer,” Avila replies when I ask if he has a special bond to a particular place. “I’m a huge fan of Asia. The nature is simply stunning, the food is next level (and very, very healthy in comparison) and the people are always kind.”

When you live most of your life on the road, there are places ending up like a second home, at least from an artistic point of view. “One of the best venues in the world is Untold Festival in Romania, no doubt, and club wise I love Bootshaus in Germany and the Zouk Clubs.”

Life on tour, though, can be feverish and a lot of discipline is needed to make it work. That’s why when the tour is about to begin “I would start to work out a couple of days before, to be fit and persevere through the sometimes very hectic tour life. Then, once I’m on tour, I actually do try to keep fitness up, go to the gym in my off time. I do try to stay away from staying up to late, but I can’t say that I’m not a fan of it,” Danny explains.

The single “Dreams” came out during an important shift in Danny’s career, as he was introduced to the Asian audience for the first time. The Asian market is quite different from the European scene, so here’s Danny’s take on this: “Europe has been living and breathing dance music for a much longer time, so the crowd is harder to please, while the Asian music scene is very euphoric and giving.”

Danny Avila, who managed to collect so many successes in such a small amount of time, has also some advice for emerging artists trying to make a name for themselves in the music industry: “Look for your own sound and your own style. You can always learn basics from others, you should also ask for advice in times you don’t know what to do. But, in the end, you should be original.”

This is great advice for anyone with the ambition of becoming a major player in the music industry. I would add that Danny’s focused and driven approach is a winning model too.

“It means the world to me to be able to do what I do and I’m not even close of having enough of it.”

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