Interview: Basshunter

posted January 28, 2009

by Corinne


How are you?

A bit jetlagged but I'm very fine! How are you?

Good, thanks. How did you get the name "Basshunter?"

Well, I love bass, and I'm always trying to find new ways to produce cool basslines, so I guess I'm a BassHunter.. Where ever the bass is, I'm there hunting for it. Maybe in the future I will change name into BassMaster?

You're said to be the "fastest selling artist in Sweden since Abba." That has to be a little surreal. How does that make you feel?

I'm honored of course, there is [sic] not many artists today that produce and write their own music, I guess I'm very lucky to be able to do that. But I don't really change my life so much, I keep things very simple, as long as I can pay the bills I'm happy if you know what I mean?

"Now You're Gone" was number one in the United Kingdom for five weeks. What do you think made the song so appealing to fans?

First of all, [i]t's catchy, simple, different, and a lot of energy of course. The music video played a big part in the success as well, a good song, and a good music video, the best allies.

Was there a reason you decided to simply reuse the music from "Boten Anna" for "Now You're Gone" and substitute different lyrics?

To translate a song to another language and still keep the "hock" [sic] and the story is very hard. I wanted an English version, so I decided to forget about the story and just write a brand new thing.

How do you find working in multiple languages? What makes you write a song in a particular language or rewrite it in another language?

Well, I'm much more international now than I was 1 year ago, writing in English really opens up new doors. But to be honest, I find it hard to be 100 % creative writing a song in English, it's more like 60 % creative, 40 % smart, with the different grammar etc. But I like the challange ;-)

You started out with a very DIY-approach, in terms of using available computer programs for production and the Internet to get your music out there. How has your approach to making music changed now that you have established yourself?

Not much, I still use the same software, same VST-plugins, except that I have bought all the software I use/ (which I could not afford before my success)/ and I have much more powerful computers and better monitors. And, of course, I can't upload songs on the internet anymore. So I make video blogs instead!

What can we expect next from you?

A new wicked album

Who are some underrated bands that you think deserve more attention?

Platnum and Sash, great music, legendary, but to less attention.

What have you been listening to recently?

Idol and Talent shows, kinda funny and inspiring.

If you could have written any song what song do you wish you had written and why?

Simon and Garfunkel -- Sound of Silence, the most beautiful written song in the world.

Anything you would like to add?

Yeah, I just want to say that nothing is impossible, music was just a hobby to me, and just look at me now, like I said, I'm in Toronto now, and I just heard about this college guy, that went to a big poker tournament as an amature [sic], and won 1 million dollars. There is no end of the possibilities, don't hold back your dreams.

Thanks very much for your time!

No, thank YOU and everyone else reading this for all your support. Keep up the good work.. Basshunter's out..