It’s time to kill the silence.
Swedish DJ/producer and record label owner, John Dahlbäck first started his professional career at the age of 17. Now, 13 years later, he sits atop the global dance scene with an upcoming album on one of the world’s leading dance music labels, Armada Music.
Known for his iconic release “Blink”, Dahlbäck who has played at some of the biggest festivals in the world including Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Dance Valley, Green Valley and Stereosonic, is gearing up for his gig in Kuala Lumpur. Set to take over Gravity Club KL on 16th July (Thursday), we catch up with the DJ/producer on things from his album to comfort food.
Hey John, how’s it going? Are you currently working on anything – originals or collaborations?
Hey, it’s great. Just that really. I’m currently finishing my album for Armada, which takes up most of my time right now.
Tell us more about the album!
It’s going to be a fantastic album! I’m really happy with the direction it has taken. It’s very varied and beautiful, and cool, and it’s everything I ever wanted to do with an album.
A lot of electronic music is being released these days. Do you feel the pressure to stay current in the music industry? What are some of the challenges you face?
There are too many DJs around. But it also makes me want to improve my sound and DJ shows and stuff. I can’t just release an “OK” track. It really needs to stick out.
That being said, how do you juggle between DJing, producing, and managing a record label?
It actually works out really well. I’m in the studio on weekdays and doing shows on weekends. The record label sort of handles itself a little bit, I sign stuff and my label manager takes it from there. It’s really cool to be able to sign new artistes and help them out by taking a potentially good song and turning it into an amazing song.
Cool. Your track “Vibe” is the perfect track for festival season. What inspired the single and when did you start working on it?
Albin Myers and I did the song a few months back and got ILY on the vocals. We did it for this festival in Sweden called Summerburst and it’s been working really well in Sweden!
As someone who has been in the industry for quite some time now, how would you say the dance music scene has changed from when you first started?
It’s much more people involved. Both as artistes, managers, agents etc. But also in terms of bigger crowds. It puts some pressure on artistes to update their sounds and always try to be better.
What is your go-to comfort food?
What is the one thing that no one else knows about you?
That I’m a great “Call Of Duty” player.
Lastly, what else is in store for you for the rest of 2015?
My whole focus right now is with this album. It has been and is a lot of work with it so I’m very eager to complete it.
Thanks John. See you on the 16th!
Big ups to our friends at Gravity Club KL for arranging this interview for us :)
Event details to Gravity Club KL Presents John Dahlbäck are as follows:
Date: July 16th (Thursday)
Venue: Gravity Club, KL
Time: 10pm onwards
Table reservations / Inquiries: 011-2639 5797 ( before 6pm ) 016-3067777 ( 6pm onwards)
For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.
We leave you today with “Vibe” by John Dahlbäck, Albin Myers and ILY. Enjoy!
Featured Image via John Dahlbäck’s Facebook page.