Thursday 12 September : 10:00 pm-3:00 am
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If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have no access to the internet or the radio for the past decade then we will forgive you for not knowing who Basshunter is. Born Jonas Erik Altberg, Basshunter is a Swedish euro-dance legend who smashed the charts in late 2007 with Now You’re Gone and even appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2010. We managed to catch up with him recently to discuss his music, the industry and life.
So how did you get into the dance music industry?
“It was an accident actually, I was at this party where a bunch of guys hang out in a house and play a bunch of computer games. One of my friends had a folder on his computer named ‘Downloads’ and I downloaded the whole folder without even looking at what was in it. A couple of days later, I was looking through the folder and I found this music programme and I thought, ‘What the hell, let’s give it a go!’. I started playing around and I couldn’t really stop and after a while, I thought maybe it was something I should keep doing as after a while I thought I had the potential to become really good at it so it was just a coincidence really.”
As you’ve developed a massive following worldwide, has that affected how you produce music?
“Yes, my career started in Europe and Germany and my career really started when I got my number one in the UK. Being number one in Germany doesn’t really generate anything in that way but because there are so many more eyes on the UK Top 40, it’s a completely different level of success. Thanks to being number one in the UK I got to New Zealand, Australia, South Africa etc… so suddenly, I’m producing for a worldwide crowd instead of a local crowd and that changes how you think about the music and sound and there’s a feeling that you want to satisfy everyone, but it’s really hard”.
In the past you’ve attributed your success to downloaders. As an artist how does that make you feel?
“My whole career started with downloaders, I gave away my music for free and people downloading and sharing music, that’s how I started so if someone asked me if they could download my album instead of buying it, what am I going to say? I don’t know, if you think that the music is good enough and you think I deserve it, why not buy a single and go on iTunes and buy the two best songs off the album you like and then download the rest? I mean, it’s up to the individual, I’m not judging anyone.”
What’s been your greatest achievement to date?
“My greatest achievement? Well probably still being alive I guess ha ha. Well no, the last seven to eight years have been nonstop, travelling around, partying, singing, performing so it’s not my biggest achievement I guess it’s good genes ha ha. But for me my biggest achievement is being at number one because it’s only what a few people have done.”