Danny Tenaglia “resigns” from DJing

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At 51 years old, legendary New York DJ Danny Tenaglia has announced that he is resigning, “not retiring”. The snap decision came after Tenaglia lost a carry-on bag of luggage that contained his passport and ID, which was the ‘eureka’ moment that made up his mind. The house titan took to Facebook with a lengthy and totally endearing account of why it’s time to take a step back. If you saw the man on his New Year’s tour of 2009/2010, count yourself very lucky indeed.

Danny Tengalia’s statement

Dear Friends, please, just LET me BE, LET me BE! >> The Time Has Come for ME to “finally” BE MYSELF!! :) I have been telling people for so many years now to JUST BE YOURSELF!! But for me, being myself was living with 1 foot in a closet and 1 outside “trying” to BE the happiest DJ on Earth, which I have been, and give the World the best I had to Give because I know how happy I have made people with the gift of music from GOD and this has been a great blessing …. so I simply Could Not Stop!! Since everything has CHANGED since I first realized I wanted to BE a DJ forever like playing records” and getting a job in nightclubs back in the early 70’s (gag) and now here I am at 51, been around the world many times, put over One Million Miles in the sky, 3 full Passports and my Heart has been YEARNING for something New & Different besides music. BUT, as I have been trying to STOP and make BIG changes like finally calling my home in Miami since 2006 HOME, but was always to busy between NY residencies and travels and it’s been getting the best of me lately. Airplanes, Airports, Hotels, Foreign-isms, and what can I say: I HAVE SEEN THE MOUNTAINTOP as a DJ and I just need to STOP and smell the roses of my life and simply try to “Grow Up and BE who I really am” but “everything” – including the need for finances to afford my Loft of 10 years in NY which I can no longer afford and must let go of by July . . .

I know many people think I am wealthy but I assure I am not! I have lived well and have very nice things to show for my earnings, but I cannot stop working!! When I say I have been writing for the past 5 days, it has been DEEP!! I kept starting over and over and it’s turned into a major journal and sooooo much of this I promise I want to share with ALL of you, The Good and The Bad, but thankfully it’s mostly good! ON my way home on Wed from DR & Montreal I was having a bad day as I had a head cold, and there’s no enjoyment in an airplane or in a hotel room out of the country with a headcold …. anyhow, I was traveling back to Miami alone as my co-workers flew back to NY and I was just looking out the window the whole flight and for 3 hours I was just thinking HOW AM I EVER GOING TO PROPERLY RESIGN (not retire) . . .

And when I got home I realized I left a small carry on murse bag with many personal things, keys, passport and so on and at first all I could feel was FURY!! I tried everything between Lost & Found and the car service, but as my ID was in there and now 6 days later no return, well all I can say is that THIS has been The Revelation that I needed to say…

LADIES & GENTLEMEN: As of this day, I am “resigning” (not retiring) and all future gigs will sadly BE canceled except for My Belated Birthday @ Pacha on Sat April 28th! This will BE my final gig until I feel I am ready to return back to the decks. This is thee hardest decision I have ever had to make in my career, but if not now, then when?? I apologize to all parties involved but I think most people that know me personally know that this has been coming! I have performed at WMC 26 years in a row! I have played every year in Ibiza since 2000! It’s time for ME to Stop and settle down, move out from the loft which will BE a very MAJOR ordeal . . . OMG!! I have soooooooooo much STUFF!!! There is no way I can do all this and travel and have a life . . . Only I can make the decisions of what stays and what goes, including what I will do with over 10,000 records, etc etc etc …....

SO in closing: I LOVE YOU ALL and I just wanna Thank U 4 Lettin me BE MYSELF all these years, and now I beg you to please continue with me in my journey and my quest for something new and wonderful. I will never give up my first love with MUSIC, but there has to BE something else (or someone) out there waiting for me! :)

I promise to keep updating here, but I needed to do this today – in order to BE FREE & BE ME!! Please BE kind, this has not been easy and I am a very sensitive person. God BE with US all! See you soon!! :)

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JovanS

JovanS said on the 18th Apr, 2012

Holy shit.
How lucky we were to see Danny for 6 hours at Nevermind!

davecw

davecw said on the 18th Apr, 2012

Just adds to the mystique of that legendary night at Nevermind. What a night !!

sonicc

sonicc said on the 18th Apr, 2012

Meh, I would have gone for the This Is Goodbye World Tour, then jack my prices up for one last money rape and then come out of retirement a month after my world tour ended for a massive One Off special appearance sum at Marquee Las Vagas NYE party and the Miami Ultra Music festival. and then claim I was reinvigorated and just keep playing like nothing happened.

special ed

special ed said on the 18th Apr, 2012

how does one resign from djing?, its not like you have to hand in a resignation notice to your boss :meh:
still, he is a legend, and forever will be

MongooseFiend

MongooseFiend said on the 18th Apr, 2012

goddamn we are so lucky we saw him here that last time for 6hrs in a proper sized club full of heads there for the music.

JackT

JackT said on the 18th Apr, 2012

^^ Well, he cancelled all upcoming shows he has booked except for one, so that seems like a resignation.

hamo32

hamo32 said on the 18th Apr, 2012

he writes like a child

sonicc

sonicc said on the 18th Apr, 2012

Turns out music is the short term answer.

e_j_montano

e_j_montano said on the 18th Apr, 2012

Nevermind was indeed legendary. This doesn't sound permanent - he says "this will BE my final gig until I feel I am ready to return back to the decks." Sounds like he had a bad day at the office, losing all his stuff, and this is probably a reaction to that. He'll be back.

Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn said on the 18th Apr, 2012

fucking drama queen, always has been always......

Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn said on the 18th Apr, 2012

fucking drama queen, always has been always.....

djtoki

djtoki said on the 18th Apr, 2012

Yes he's a bit of a drama queen, but he has done a lot for dance music. Proper legend. Hope he doesn't leave music all together. I doubt he will

Joffa

Joffa said on the 20th Apr, 2012

was lucky to see him at Bal en Blanc in Montreal earlier this month, played a 5 hour closing set, smashed it.

SANDSHREW

SANDSHREW said on the 20th Apr, 2012

RESPECT THE STREETS FOOL

BMoney

BMoney said on the 20th Apr, 2012

I've summarised his resignation with the capitalised code for your convenience:

"LET BE LET BE ME BE MYSELF. JUST BE YOURSELF, BE DJ. GOD CHANGED BE DJ. YEARNING BUT STOP BIG HOME, I HAVE SEEN THE MOUNTAINTOP!
DJ STOP. BE DEEP, ALL ON, DR HOW AM I EVER GOING TO PROPERLY RESIGN, FURY!!
LADIES & GENTLEMEN BE BE ME BE MAJOR. . . OMG!! STUFF!!! SO I LOVE YOU ALL BE MYSELF MUSIC BE BE FREE & BE ME!! BE BE US."

Shall

Shall said on the 24th Apr, 2012

That night at Nevermind was simply amazing! Awesome entertainer for sure.