“Within Me” unites two very different Italian artists whose combined talents have created something even greater than the sum of their parts. Dardust collides the worlds of minimalist piano composition and ambient electronica, a mix that simultaneously echoes Max Richter, Philip Glass and Aphex Twin. Meanwhile, no introduction is needed for Grammy award-winner Benny Benassi, the electro house pioneer who regularly packs festivals and amasses millions of streams all over the world.

Tell us about your new single Within Me… how did it come about?

It was like making something minimal even more minimal. “Without you” is a track from my last album that developed on a variety of levels. It’s a very sad track but at the same time magic – just me and a piano. Benny loved the original track so we took the main theme from the original and built a melodic techno club song around it to create ‘Within Me’.

What was it like working with Benny?

Two things surprised me about Benny. His enthusiasm and the respect that he has for others. These aren’t common traits to find in this environment. It’s way easier to find artists with a disruptive and egocentric mood. It was a great experience.

Where do you get your inspiration from when making music?

From trips, movies, experiences. Every place I have ever been like Iceland, Brazil, Scotland…everywhere has gifted me colours and emotions that I always try to transfer in music. Plus, every relationship has influenced me a lot. The last SAD Storm and Drugs was written after a 3-year relationship that ended suddenly. I was basically dumped via WhatsApp. If I think of it today I laugh it off but I guarantee you that it took me two years to overcome the trauma.

We understand you are classically trained, which artists inspired you growing up?

Maybe Debussy’s impressionism has stricken me the most. In classical music I fall in love constantly, starting from Vivaldi’s Barocco and the rework that Max Richter has done with “Le Quattro Stagioni”.

Has covid affected your plans for releasing music?

Totally. I’ve only been able to do 2 dates of my “Storm and Drugs” live tour. Berlin and Bologna.

A show that was prepared in only two months. I was so proud of it. We brought to the club a 3-dimension show, with scents, wind, real rain, to transport the spectator on a movie set with us.

I hope to end this chapter this summer.

If you could collaborate with any other artist who would it be?

My impossible dream is Kendrick Lamar. I think he is my biggest musical crush of the last years.

Have you got any recommendations of new artists to look out for this year?

I would suggest an Italian artist, Madame. She is an 18-year-old female artist that already has her own incredible and fanciful view on lyrics and melody. I find her astonishing and intense, something you don’t expect from an 18-year-old girl. Her vocality is incredible.

What plans do you have for the rest of 2021?

Now that would be telling! Definitely more music and hopefully some live gigs…watch this space.

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