Basshunter, aka Jonas Altberg, opened this year’s Freshers Week and after his set we got the chance to sit down with him and have a little chat. Before the actual interview we had quite a long talk about the referendum, and then settled down to talk about the music industry today and Basshunter’s love of computer games.
Hello Basshunter! What brings you to Edinburgh?
Hi FreshAir. I’m over in the UK at the moment on tour and when I got the offer to play Edinburgh fresher’s week I took it. It’s a very exciting time in Scotland right now, I don’t know which way the vote is going to go but it’s exciting to be here. Tonight the crowd were great, but didn’t really want to talk about the referendum with me.
Would you say that your music becoming popular has changed how you make music?
I’m just a nerd from Sweden who makes dance music. Nobody cared who I was and then ‘Boten Anna’ (Now You’re Gone) came out and everyone wanted to listen to me. Dance music has changed, in the U.K at the same time as me there was ‘Put A Donk On It’ and that wasn’t the type of music I want to make. Now you have drum and bass and dubstep, dance music is slowing down, it’s changed a lot since I first started making music whilst playing computer games in my bedroom.
So has that popularity changed your relationship with dance music and the labels that want to put out your music?
They just want hits. Massive song after massive song, and that’s not what I want to do. My Dad used to shout at me ‘Jonas, you’re just a nerd who won’t do anything’ and at least now I can say no, I’m huge, I made it.
What can we expect next from you?
Over the next few months I’m going to be releasing a different song every week, for free on my own. Labels only want one song and they want it to be huge and they don’t want anything different, so this way I have free reign and can do it myself. That will be coming soon.
Sounds exciting, thanks for talking to us Basshunter!
Thanks to Georgia and Brian for conducting the interview.