Nov 23, 2020

Danny Avila Celebrates Milestone S2O Festival Performance [Full Video Set & Interview]

 
In September, Danny Avila took the stage at S2O Festival in Taipei, Taiwan as one of the first international DJs to return to the Mainstage and touring. His closing set that night was a triumphant moment, and the electric energy between him and the crowd was out of this world. To commemorate the landmark performance, we’ve got the full video of his set for you, as well as an inside look from Danny at his two week quarantine preceding the set, return to touring, new music, and much more! Turn it up, turn the smiles on, and enjoy a hopeful look to the future!
 
Danny, thanks for joining us to celebrate your S2O set! We can’t imagine the feeling of stepping back on a festival stage after such a long break. Can you take us inside your mind moments before your set as you prepared to step on stage and then started the intro to your set?
I was definitely a little nervous. It was a really long time without playing shows and I really missed the energy of the crowd. Being able to perform for 10,000+ people for the first show back was really, really amazing. I just missed it so much, getting the energy back from the crowd was an amazing experience.
 
 
Were there any particular highlight moments or fan interactions that you remember?
I wouldn’t really pick one particular moment. I think the whole set from the beginning to the end was pretty amazing. I enjoyed it so much especially because I hadn’t played shows for so long. The whole show, the production, and just the energy of the crowd was next level!
 
How did you approach this set and being the closing act on the Mainstage?
I try to adapt my sets depending on where I play. In this case, I played really hard. You’ll hear a lot of psy trance, trap stuff, and I tried to keep it very energetic. For this set, just go with a bang! Full energy and destroy it!
 
Before the show you had to do a two week quarantine. What was that experience like? What was your daily routine?
Quarantine… it was a mission. The last couple of days were pretty horrible. You’re just in the same place for such a long time, but what kept me going was the thought of getting back to playing shows. For me that was the most important thing – it kept me alive.

 
Following the festival set, you proceeded to continue on for four more headlining shows as part of your Back To Live Tour. What were those shows like and how did it feel to be back to some level of normalcy in your life with touring?
In Taiwan it honestly just feels like normal life. Just that alone was definitely surreal. For the tour, three sold out shows out of four and every show was amazing! So much love from the fans and they knew so many songs and were singing along to a lot of them. It was a great experience. Honestly, it was one of the most fun tours I’ve done in years. I wish I could do it again and again!
 
What’s life been like since the tour? How have you found balancing the emotions coming off an incredible tour, but also again facing the reality of the ongoing COVID situation? Do you have any advice for fellow artists and fans to maintain a positive outlook?
That’s an interesting topic, as coming from the tour and arriving back in Spain was tough. After feeling that everything was back to normal, and such high energy, vibes and craziness on tour in Taiwan, and then everything is stopped and no shows, it definitely is not the best. We just have to be positive and think about what they’re doing in certain countries in the world, it can help keep the mood alive. Seeing the clubs with shows, festivals going on, it can definitely lift our emotions.
 
 
We couldn’t finish the interview without looking at your latest single “Pushin” on Musical Freedom! It’s gotten a big response, seeing loads of artist support and plays from Tiësto to Afrojack, Timmy Trumpet to BBCR1. What do you like most about the track?
I’ve been working on the track for a very long time, two years actually. I made several versions and the very first version was a bit more radio friendly, but then I wanted to go in the clubby direction. All in all there were six or seven versions and I’m so happy that Tiësto picked this one. I’m very happy with the response and the music video, it’s super dope!
 
As we look ahead towards winter, what do you have planned?
For now, we’re looking into new shows in Asia. Options for NYE and Christmas, and several tours in that market.

Also, lots of music! This year, I finished around 20 tracks, so thanks for that quarantine. There’s a lot of music lined up, we can’t really share what’s coming first, but sick collaborations, a song with Don Diablo, one with Sam Feldt, and with so many others too! I’m very excited, a lot of new music, and hopefully shows coming soon!
 
You can download/stream Danny Avila - "Pushin" on your platform of choice today! https://www.musicalfreedom.com/pushin
 
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