Basshunter took time out to talk to Liam O’Leary, to tell Street Cred about his new album, his favourite things and the strangest gift he’s received from a fan…
When did you first discover a major passion for music?
When I was about 17 I discovered this music program. I was just starting to play around with it just like what any inexperienced person would do, and this music was potentially being something I’m really good at. So I kept on going from there and the passion just grew.
What’s been your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement? Well probably still being alive I guess haha. Well no, the last 7-8 years have just been nonstop, travelling around, partying, singing, performing so it’s not my biggest achievement I guess it’s just good genes haha.
But for me my biggest achievement is being at UK number 1 because it’s only what a few people have done so I guess that’s my biggest achievement.
If there was a musician out there you would love to do a collaboration with who would it be and why?
Chucky or Afro-jack because their production and their drops are like just so amazing I can recognise their production by just listening, I just know it. They have a unique way of mixing their tracks, well it’s hard for me to understand how they did it.
In that way it would be really cool to collaborate, and I think it would turn out pretty good.
You’re a massive icon around the world and have enJOYED success with your previous albums. So What are we to expect from your new album?
The new album has a good mix of pretty much everything that I’ve ever produced. Some of the tracks sound like old school basic stuff really the type I produced like 8-9 years ago, but it’s also like all the years I’ve been playing around with a lot of new sounds so it’s a lot of electro house and Dutch house.
Just high energy songs, it’s a mix of different styles and each song is different you wont hear the same sound across the songs, so it’s a very interesting album.
If there was a movie based about your life, who would you like to play you?
Haha. Well that’s a tough one. I don’t know, I don’t think anyone could play me as I’m way too hyper and well crazy. I can’t see a big actors doing that.
You appeared in Celebrity Big brother in 2010. what was the whole experience like, being in the house with the likes of Vinnie Jones & Sisqo?
I actually prepared myself mentally especially for it, you know what I thought it would be like, with the way I expected but I just had a lot of fun. A lot more fun than I thought.
Yeah Vinnie Jones he’s maybe not my favourite actor but I like to see him in movies especially in Hollywood movies because he’s like the mean British guy
They assumed that if they bring him in they thought everyone would obey to this guy. It was very useful having someone like him in the house actually because he cleaned the toilets in the house for the whole month. Haha.
What’s the most random thing you’ve been given by a fan?
I think it was in Birmingham a guy came up to me with a big pink dildo with my name on it. I think it might have been used as well.
How did you come up with the name Basshunter?
I guess I wanted a name that would describe my music. When I was a kid I was listening to a lot of trance and underground production. Every track had a massive bassline and went straight into my favourite folder I love bassline so Basshunter, kind of made sense you know.
Read the rest of the exclusive interview in the August Edition of Street Cred Magazine!