Swedish sensation John Dahlback will have you overdosed at Amnesia Miami this weekend. John’s heavy drums are known to keep the dancefloors rocking, and his drops are a tad over-shocking. This DJ and producer has been in the game since he was 15 years old, which is evident from his tight sounds and custom upsweeps. Recently starting his own label, Mutants, John has had the opportunity to put out a few of his own experimental sounds, helping him stand outside of the box which contains most of the other EDM artists — but enough with the background info.
We caught up with John for an exclusive interview. Check out what he has to say about Miami, his style and his new label.
Hey John welcome back to Miami! How’s everything? Excited about playing Amnesia?
I am! I love Miami and I’ve only heard good things about Amnesia, so I couldn’t be more excited.
How would you compare playing in Miami to playing in Ibiza — two cities that have recently been compared a lot?
It has developed like that. It’s now a place people go to party, exactly like Ibiza.
What inspired your Toolroom compilation release, and what should listeners be prepared for?
It’s a journey. I wanted to show people what I fell in love with. Both CDs cover deep, tech and electro house.
Check out the trailer of John’s Tool Room compilation.
You recently started your own label, Mutants. How awesome does it feel to be able to put out virtually any kind of sound you want?
It’s amazing! I love to have a platform to release my more experimental side and also any demos I love.
Is there a certain sound you’re going for?
It just has to be original and catchy!
There also a few new heavy hitters signed to Mutants. Can you tell us a little about them?
Lunde bros. I love these guys so much, and I signed a great two-tracker from them. They’re amazing DJs and cool people. They’re gonna blow up!
Alright, so you dropped your first track when you were 15 years old. That’s pretty amazing. How would you say your sound has evolved from then until now?
It’s sort of the complete opposite. I did deep house back then and now sort of electro-ish house. The gap couldn’t be any bigger.
Scenario: You’re sitting in the studio and you’ve got a blank project open. Where do you begin? How open are you to delving into other genres and styles?
I make the beat, and then try sounds for the melody. I need the melody to be amazing, both sound-wise and note-wise.
What do you have lined up for WMC?
To be confirmed