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Tuesdays Under 21: Danny Avila

by Caitlin Carter   Dec 31, 2013 09:26 AM EST

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It's easy to forget how young some of our favorite performers are when they enter the music world. From Michael Jackson's Jack 5 debut at the age of 11, to Lorde's chart-topping single "Royals" at the age of 16, it doesn't take much life experience to make a splash in the music industry. Tuesdays Under 21 is a Music Times feature dedicated to bringing attention to talented musicians and performers under the age of 21. Who knows? They just might be the next big thing. This week we introduce you to...

WHO: Danny Avila
AGE: 18
WHERE: Madrid, Spain
WHY: "Spanish super talent" DJ Danny Avila debuted at Ultra Festival in Miami this past March. Since then, he has become the youngest person to ever have a Vegas residency, sharing the Hakkasan Las Vegas this summer with Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris, and has already served multiple residencies in Ibiza with the likes of Afrojack, David Guetta and Martin Solveig.

He got into music when he was 6 years old, playing the violin then later piano and guitar. According to a profile in USA Today, the young DJ saw a video of Tiësto and was immediately inspired to start making his own house tracks. He began his career playing birthday parties in his hometown in southern Spain. He knew he'd have to head to a bigger city if he wanted to make it as a DJ, so he moved at the tender age of 15 to Madrid.

At only 18 years old, he's opened for both Tiësto and the Black Eyed Peas and is now headlining his own world tours. This past month, he released his newest single "Poseidon" through Tiësto's Musical Freedom label. Expect to see this young star around the festival circuit again during summer 2014.

Check it out "Poseidon" here, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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