Danny Tenaglia is optimistic that he caught the ailment early and will be able to treat it easily.
Danny Tenaglia — a household name among tenured dance music fans — has shared that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
The Brooklyn-born DJ and producer took to his Facebook page to attribute his recent gig cancellations to the unforeseen circumstances. By his count, he’s had to call off at least 12 gigs throughout Europe, Australia, and North America.
“Unfortunately, the news is that back in May, I went in for a routine colonoscopy and the doctor discovered a cancerous lesion,” he said. “I had to do some exams and they immediately put me on six weeks of radiation treatment, which I have to go through every single day except weekends. Of course, this meant that I couldn’t travel.”
“I’ve got two more weeks to go,” Tenaglia went on. “I’ve done this four weeks so far, and the good news is I feel great. I have a great appetite and no side effects, so I’m handling this really well. I really believe we caught this in time, it’s quite small. I am taking on events for the future, but everything is with the understanding, and with the honesty, that I might have to cancel. After six weeks they’re gonna do another examination and analysis, and if it hasn’t all gone away, they might have to give me more weeks of radiation treatment.”
Tenaglia admitted that the subject was “not an easy thing to talk about,” but decided that “it was time because I’ve been honest with everybody we had to cancel with. I didn’t want to make up some excuse, so the word is getting out there.”
In order to help shore up losses from foregoing gigs, Tenaglia plans to sell off studio equipment auction style from a Facebook page. “I have so much history, you know the drum machines, the 909, the SP1200, the emulators, the Oberheims, all the modular synths … I haven’t used them in so many years, and I figured there must be people out there who are gonna appreciate them more than I am right now,” he says.
Danny Tenaglia lived in Brooklyn for the first 25 years of his life. He relocated to Miami in 1985 and worked as resident DJ of the nightclub Cheers before returning to New York City and beginning to remix music from artists like Jamiroquai and Madonna. His 1996 remix of “Surrender Yourself” by The Daou arguably marked his big break, and his Global Underground compilations Athens and London elevated his platform to that of a globetrotting DJ.
EDM Identity wishes Danny Tenaglia a smooth treatment and a speedy recovery afterward.