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John Dahlbäck is further testament to the theorythat when it comes to overly talented musical homelands, there could indeed besomething in Sweden’s water. Born in 1985 in a small village near Stockholm, helanded his first record deal aged just 15 while most of his peers were justdiscovering clubs. Just a few years later he was already the proud owner of aworldwide respected label, had a string of well-known productions to his nameand a reputation for quietly turning out some of the best house melodies youcould hope to hear.
With a family background boasting more music thanthe Von Trapps it’s no surprise he was instantly hooked – his mum sings in ajazz band, his dad drummed in a prog rock band, and various aunts and unclesplayed piano, guitar and more, so he was hardly stuck for inspiration oropinions to help him get started. Learning the basics on his dad’s Ataricomputer he soon established his own style, and his second demo, ajazz-influenced, deep house number called Night Flash, earned him a record dealwith Route 33.
After five successful years running his Pickadolllabel, John started his own label "Mutants", “I had a real visionabout the label,” says John Dahlbäck. “I can hear within a couple of secondswhether a track will fit, and I love doing this kind of organised work –sending out promos and looking for licenses – otherwise I’m just a slave to thestudio!”
Although primarily an outlet for John's more experimentaltracks from the studio, about 20% of Mutants' output is made up of otherartists signed by John. "I like to combine sounds and styles and I stillwant that emotional twist, but I love the playful and sometimes experimentalvibe of house."
His last album called “Winners And Fools” came outin September 2008, and described by John as “the one I’m most proud of. I’vedone a lot in the past and there have been some amazing moments. When thesingle “Blink” started to get big in France and I was making the video it was ahuge moment, but every time I do a track now I feel I’m improving. For JohnDahlbäck, his agenda for making and playing music is simple. “I’m quite calmwhen I DJ, I don’t want to be ‘showy’ - I love to play for dancing people, toreally see them loving the tunes. And I love to make the tunes that get themdancing…”
Now, in 2011, John Dahlbäck has several songs onToolroom, Spinnin’, Defected, Versuz, Big Beat/Atlantic NEWS, Universal GAS,Universal Nordic, Ministry Of Sound Australia and One Love/Sony Australia. Hislatest single featuring Erik Hassle "One Last Ride" (with remixes byTommy Trash & Felix Cartal among others) has already been added to NationalRadio in Sweden and played by the Swedish House Mafia on their Pete Tong Radio1show.
This year he has also remixed Lady Gaga, NicoleFeaturing 50 Cent, Skylar Gray, David Morales and Sneaky Soundsystem amongothers.
Already for 2012 John will be releasing a Mix Cdfor Tool Room Records in January with several other releases coming out everymonth.